The BJP, whose MLAs continued resigning from the party for the third day less than a month before assembly elections, has almost decided to field Yogi Adityanath from Ayodhya.
Adityanath had recently said that he is willing to contest the assembly polls from wherever the party’s top brass decides.
The BJP has confirmed him in meeting held in New Delhi on Tuesday, sources said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah alongwith top BJP leaders conducted a sector-wise review in the meeting and took feedback from the regional in-charges about the ground reality of the most populous and crucially important state.
Yogi Adityanath comes from eastern Uttar Pradesh where there is flurry of quitting the BJP. He has served as a five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur. The ongoing construction of the Ram Mandir allows Yogi Adityanath to capitalise him as a Hindutva icon.
A flurry of exits that started with Swami Prasad Maurya’s sudden resignation on Tuesday has not been ended on Thursday as many MLAs quit team Yogi Adityanath.
The assembly seat of Ayodhya, which falls in the Awadh region, is currently represented by the BJP’s Ved Prakash Gupta. However, Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party has been traditionally strong in the Purvanchal region.
The BJP’s Central Election Committee, whose members include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is likely to meet soon to finalise its candidates for a large number of seats, including in those going to the polls in the first two phases on February 10 and 14.
Uttar Pradesh goes to polls in 7 phases from February 10. The votes will be counted on March 10.