Arvind Kejriwal says Aam Aadmi Party will contest UP Assembly polls in 2022

Arvind Kejriwal says Aam Aadmi Party will contest UP Assembly polls in 2022
Arvind Kejriwal
  • The Chief Minister of Delhi said that the Aam Aadmi Party campaign will be similar to that in Delhi, where he had promised including free electricity, world-class schools and hospitals.
  • AAP has fought elections in multiple states since its birth in 2012 but its successes have been limited to Delhi.
  • Kejriwal said that the development of Uttar Pradesh is only held back by dirty politics and corrupt leaders there, and AAP will fix that.
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a virtual press conference today, announced that the party would fight Uttar Pradesh (UP) state legislative assembly elections in 2022.

UP is India’s largest state by population⁠— and politically, the most significant one that has sent 9 of the 14 Prime Ministers that India has had so far⁠— currently governed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Kejriwal said that his party has been successful in forming three governments in the past 8 years in Delhi and has also emerged as the principal opposition in Punjab.

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AAP has a strong base in Delhi and contested elections in Punjab, Goa, Gujarat in 2017, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan in 2018 and Odisha, Telangana, Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand in 2019. The party has also contested for Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 2019. However, the party’s successes have been limited to Delhi.

Why do the people of UP have to travel to Delhi from districts across Uttar Pradesh for healthcare, education and basic amenities. “Political parties in Uttar Pradesh stabbed people in the back. Politics in the state lacks honesty of intent,” the Kejriwal said. Indeed, for all its political significance over the decades, UP ranks poorly, among all states in India, on most metrics like economy, health services and education.

Kejriwal said that AAP’s campaign in UP would be similar to the one in Delhi where it promised free electricity, world-class schools and hospitals. A similar statement in the past had brought Kejriwal severe criticism ahead of the 2019 general election.
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