BJP leader says party would fight election in 2019 as CM, UP’s CM

BJP leader Narendra Modi has said he will contest the 2019 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

He also said the party will fight against “opposition parties”.

A day after Mr Modi announced his party would contest the elections in 2019, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said he would contest from Uttar Pradesh if his party is in power.

“I will contest from UP in 2019 if I am elected CM.

We will fight till 2019,” Mr Adityaath told reporters at a press conference in New Delhi.”

The BJP will be in power until 2019,” he said.

Mr Modi made the announcement in a tweet on Monday morning, saying the party would not stop fighting till 2019.

“I announce the BJP will contest UP 2019 if it is in government,” he tweeted.

He added: “The BJP has always stood by UP’s people.

We have never been against the people.

The people have always voted BJP in elections.

This is a BJP victory.”

Mr Adityasht, who is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been the state BJP chief for the last two years and is widely seen as a potential contender for the 2019 polls.

The state assembly elections will take place in the state capital, Lucknow.

Mr Adasht is also expected to meet Mr Modi later on Tuesday.

India has seen its worst ever financial crisis, with the economy shrinking by 7.3 per cent in the last three months of the year, according to the World Bank.

The latest figures from the Reserve Bank of India showed that the economy contracted for the fourth consecutive quarter in September, while inflation rose to 2.7 per cent.