Akhilesh Yadav faced a humiliating defeat in assembly polls earlier this year. (File photo)
Ballia, Uttar Pradesh:
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav would not campaign in the upcoming local body elections in Uttar Pradesh and would not address any rally, a party leader said today.
Uttar Pradesh will witness three-phase civic polls from November 22, making it the first electoral examination for the ruling BJP, which stormed to power in the assembly elections earlier this year with a massive mandate.
Senior SP leader Ram Govind Chaudhary said Mr Yadav would not campaign in the upcoming local body elections in the state.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will start his campaign for the upcoming local body election from Ayodhya on November 14. He will address a rally each in all the 16 poll-bound municipalities in the state.
Hitting out at the BJP, Mr Chaudhary, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, alleged that the party which was earlier regarded for its high morals has now "stooped for power".
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr Adityanath, he alleged that when people holding positions such as that of prime minister and chief minister speak only of gaining political mileage, it was difficult to expect morality in politics.
As per the election schedule, 24 districts will go to polls on November 22, while 25 districts will undergo polling on November 26, and 26 districts on November 29.
Counting of votes polled for 16 nagar nigams, 198 nagar palika parishads and 438 nagar panchayats will be done on December 1. More than 3.32 crore voters will exercise their franchise at 36,269 polling booths and 11,389 polling stations.