Uttar Pradesh, since 1989, has witnessed the incumbent ruling party being voted out. Considering this trend, anti-incumbency remains a major factor ahead of the assembly polls in the state.
Critics of the Yogi Adityanath-led regime claim that it has failed to deliver on development, education, employment and law and order.
"There is high unemployment; no significant work of development undertaken; education, health and medical sectors lag behind and the law and order situation is poor. The second COVID-19 wave was completely mismanaged and we saw bodies floating in the Ganges," Srivastava said.
"The Hathras rape-murder case in which the victim was cremated at 3 am in the night...and the Lakhimpur Kheri incident where a convoy including a BJP minister's car ran over protesting farmers are a blot on the state government," he added.
The BJP, however, has reiterated in successive poll rallies that it has brought development to UP which was "plunged in darkness" during the rule of the Samajwadi Party, the BSP and the Congress.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath (File image)
Over the last five years, the Centre and the state were "connected with the same ideology" of development, Aggarwal said.
Since 2017, the state has witnessed enhanced road connectivity, electrification of all villages, consistent supply of power, and improved law and order, he argued.
"There has been inflation but it has been checked from time to time. Fuel prices went up but that has also been checked from time to time," he said, adding that there was a severe pandemic but the Centre and the state delivered on its welfare role for citizens.
The BJP leader further claimed that the state's economy has picked up due to the prime minister's vision and its effective implementation by the chief minister. "PM Modi's vision of Make in India was executed in UP by Yogi Adityanath who invited FDI to boost the state's manufacturing sector," said Aggarwal, who is also a tech entrepreneur.
The employment opportunities have increased in UP, he further suggested, claiming that many of the migrant labourers who returned to the state amidst the second COVID-19 wave "have not gone back".
Despite the BJP's performance in the past five years, "some amount of anti-incumbency remains inevitable in an electoral democracy", he noted. "We are bound to have ideological and political differences with a set of people...But a majority of the state will vote to give us another term."