Uttar Pradesh elections 2022: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad to take on CM Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur

Azad's Azad Samaj Party  has decided to go solo in the upcoming UP elections.

Uttar Pradesh elections 2022: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad to take on CM Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad

Lucknow:  Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad aka 'Ravan', head of Azad Samaj Party (ASP), has decided to contest the Uttar Pradesh elections 2022 against Chief Minister  Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur.

Gorakhpur lies in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Three cabinet ministers - Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan and Dharam Singh Saini- of these two ministers are from the same region.

Azad's Azad Samaj Party has decided to go solo in the upcoming UP elections. He met Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav last week. After the meeting, Azad ruled out any possibility of an alliance between Azad Samaj Party and SP.

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Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Azad said talks with Akhilesh had gone on for more than a month. “At the end of one month and 10 days of discussions, I realised that Akhilesh Yadav doesn’t need Dalits. In this alliance, he doesn’t have space for Dalit leadership. He just wants Dalits to vote for them,” Azad said.

Azad is the co-founder and national president of the Bhim Army. In February 2021, Time magazine featured him in its annual list of 100 Emerging Leaders who are Shaping the Future.

Azad joined the protesting farmers at the Delhi-Ghazipur border along with hundreds of his supporters and demanded that the new farm laws be withdrawn immediately. Before that, he was detained at his residence in Uttar Pradesh before he joined the nationwide farmers' protest.