Exclusive: Opposition Faces Credibility Crisis, BJP Will Gain 325-350 Seats, Says Yogi Adityanath | Latest India News
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed confidence that the ruling Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party will easily win next year’s parliamentary elections in the state. In fact, the chief minister said the party would surpass its total of 312 seats in 2017 and win between 325 and 350 seats.
In an interview with the Hindustan Times, Adityanath, 49, shook his government’s record in governance, economic development and public order to back up his claim.
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Adityanath is confident that he will overcome any opposition to power by focusing on his government’s record on governance and properly solving the caste equation.
“I am totally confident in the idea of returning. I understand the political dynamics of the UP very well, as I have been active in state politics for the past 23 years. I am confident in the political understanding and maturity of the UP electorate, ”he said.
On September 26, he expanded his cabinet, making room for seven other ministers in a move he then described as achieving “social equilibrium” and giving “representation to all sections of society”. Adityanath is also clear that the ongoing agricultural unrest led by Union leader Bharatiya Kisan (BKU) Rakesh Tikait will have no electoral impact in the western UP, an area that has been the stronghold of the BJP in the past.
“It’s pretty clear that our rivals are funding the farmer agitation, which only impacts states where middlemen, or araathiyas, operate. In UP, the farmer is in direct contact with the government for supply and compensation. As the opposition has no other problem to report, it is trying to stir up this so-called peasant unrest.
Still, analysts say the BJP could suffer damage in this region dominated by the Jat community, a dominant agrarian group that protested against the three farm reform laws passed by the Union government last year.
The CM, who heads the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur, also spoke about progress in infrastructure (especially highways and airports) and public order.
Responding to a question about the ability of a chief priest to rule a state as large as Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath said, “How can you cage or limit a bhagwa (saffron) wearing a yogi to the sole? religion? How I worship is my right. But for my country, for my society, what to do and how to do it is my primary responsibility. I worked there before becoming CM; only now my field of work has widened. But I never tried to project myself because I believe in teamwork. I work for the rapid development of my state and my country.
As the BJP’s election campaign in the state is launched, the opposition, which is fragmented, has been slow to start its own.
The opposition has a credibility crisis, Adityanath said, but given the complexity of the state and ever-changing caste equations, he’s taking no chances – something evident in the cabinet’s recent expansion.