The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will launch its election campaign for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections with a mega rally in Lucknow in November-end.
The rally will be addressed by the party's national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
AAP leaders are in a buoyant mood over the response they have received during their recent 'bijli yatras', during which spoke to people about the party's poll promises of free power, free education and free health.
A senior party functionary said, "Our internal surveys are showing a very positive trend in AAP's favour and it is time that we capitalise on the prevailing mood of the people. Kejriwal was earlier focussing on assembly elections in Punjab and Uttarakhand, both of which are likely to take place around the same time as the Uttar Pradesh elections but now, with the kind of response we are getting from the state, Kejriwal is likely to spend more time here."
The fact that Kejriwal's confidence has been boosted after his visit to Ayodhya is evident form the fact that he has included the holy city in the list of religious sites for which Delhi government runs a special 'teerth yatra scheme'.
"We were not anticipating the Yogi Adityanath to speak about Kejriwal's recent visit to Ayodhya but the fact that he spent so much time talking about us means that AAP has made a strong presence that is unnerving the ruling party," the functionary added.
Kejriwal even tweeted in response to Adityanath's comments, asking what his problem was if people from Delhi were given easy access to Ayodhya.
After Lucknow, AAP will stage rallies in areas where it feels it has good chances of winning.