Yogi Adityanath, his 4 ministers to contest Legislative Council bypolls

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Yogi Adityanath, who has completed nearly five months as Uttar Pradesh chief minister, has been grabbing headlines with a series of decisions ranging from giving 70 lakh jobs and launching Whatsapp number to register cheating complaints to putting UP teachers behind bars if they force students to take coaching.

Yogi Adityanath, his deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, and two more ministers will contest by-polls to the legislative council on September 18, the BJP announced today.

CM Yogi also said, "The nation was liberated in 1947 and after that whosoever leader came cared for nothing more that his vote bank politics and his party, but this changed in 2014 when BJP led government came to power". Political watchers believe they did so to facilitate the entry of the chief minister and his colleagues to the Council.

Jaiveer Singh's tenure as MLC was scheduled to end on May 5, 2018. However, the EC had refused to hold elections for the remaining two seats, vacated by BSP MLC Thakur Jaiveer Singh and SP MLC (who joined the BSP) Ambika Chaudhary saying they had less than a year remaining in their tenure. The last date of withdrawals is September 11 and voting, if necessary, will take place on September 11 and counting on the same day. Gorakhpur MP, Yogi Adityanath and Phulpur MP, Keshav Maurya, will have to resign 15 days after their election as MLCs.

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They are expected to have a smooth sailing even if a contest is necessitated given the unassailable majority the BJP has in the Assembly.

To retain his post, Yogi Adityanath, a five-time parliamentarian from Gorakhpur, needs to be elected to the Uttar Pradesh assembly within six months of taking charge (March 19).

Like the Rajya Sabha, members of the Vidhan Parishad are elected for six years by legislators and others. "This decision has been taken under special circumstances".

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