Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will contest elections from Gorakhpur vidhan sabha seat. Earlier, speculations in and beyond Lucknow's political circles had stoked the expectations of UP Chief Minister claiming a second term by either contesting from Ayodhya or Mathura. However, putting speculations aside, the BJP released its first list of candidates on Saturday in which Yogi topped the list as party's most high-stake candidate who will contest from his traditional stronghold Gorakhpur.

This will be the first time when Yogi Adityanath will contest assembly polls. Currently, he is a Member of Legislative Council (MLC) of Uttar Pradesh.

As per Dainik Jagran sources, the development came after the final approval of party candidature decisions in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Central Election Committee meeting on Thursday. 

The meeting was held to discuss the poll strategy and deliberate on the name of the probable candidates.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired the second round of Uttar Pradesh core group meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held at the party headquarters in the national capital where it was decided that Adityanath will contest elections from his traditional consituency.

Adityanath, currently a member of the legislative council, earlier said that he is willing to contest the assembly polls from wherever the party's top brass decides.

Ayodhya, Mathura, and his traditional constituency Gorakhpur, which he has represented in Lok Sabha a number of times, were reported to be among the top choices for Adityanath, who is also the head priest of the Goraknath Math.

The Chief Minister and other senior party leaders from the state, including two deputy chief ministers and its state unit chief Swatantra Dev Singh, were holding consultations with the central leadership in the national capital for the last two days.

Ayodhya seat is currently represented by BJP's Ved Prakash Gupta in the assembly.

Elections for the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly will be held in seven phases. The polling will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, and March 3 and 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

Posted By: Ashita Singh