The year 2022 will usher in a slew of new beginnings in Uttar Pradesh, beginning with the sound of the poll bugle. The assembly elections in the first two months of this year will determine whether the political equations in Uttar Pradesh will change or remain the same. The results of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections will usher in a new era in the state’s and political parties’ power dynamics. The destiny of current Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be decided by the results of assembly elections in 2022.
A victory like the one he had in 2017 would strengthen him, whereas a narrow victory or a disaster would weaken his claim to be the next prime ministerial candidate. A loss in the assembly elections would also be costly to the leaders of the Samajwadi and Bahujan Samaj Parties, as both have been fighting for survival. Things won’t be easy for Priyanka Gandhi, the UP Congress’s in-charge, if her party fails to make an impression in the assembly elections.
Priyanka needs a better result in UP to strengthen her position within the Congress party at the national level. However, the outcome of the UP election will determine whether BSP supremo Mayawati has a role in UP politics or not. A victory in 2022 could cement Akhilesh Yadav’s position as the undisputed leader of regional forces in north India, while defeat would pose a serious challenge to his leadership within the party.
Aside from politics, a slew of other factors could make 2022 a pivotal year in the coming years. From the first phase of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya to a potential fight for Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura, UP will be setting the agenda for the ruling BJP in the general elections of 2024. Following the completion of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and the opening of the Kashi-Vishwanath corridor, UP Chief Minister Yogi has stated that a similar makeover for Mathura is planned for 2022.
On the development front in UP, new expressways may be added to the state’s network. The Bundelkhand Expressway is expected to open in June 2022, and the Gorakhpur Linkway will be finished the same year. In the year 2022, Agra could become the sixth city in Uttar Pradesh to have a metro system. The Gorakhpur metro is expected to start construction this year. The year will also see the introduction of a ropeway service in Varanasi, which will help to alleviate traffic congestion.