New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party will contest the state elections in Uttar Pradesh in 2022, the party's chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today.

"AAP will contest in the next Assembly polls in UP. People from UP are asking us to provide the same facilities and governance as Delhi," said Kejriwal.

Attacking the rival parties, Kejriwal said the AAP - if elected to power - will form a corruption-free government in the neighbouring state, adding it has lived up to its promise in the national capital.

Questioning why people from UP should have to look at Delhi for health services and education, he said Mohalla clinics, free electricity, water, good education and health facilities can also be provided in the state.

Kejriwal said UP has been held back from progress and development because of "dirty politics" and "corrupt" politicians in the state. “Political parties in UP stabbed people in the back; politics in the state lacks honesty of intent,” he added.

“People will ask why we are contesting in a state with so many political parties. Many parties have governed Uttar Pradesh but they have only filled their coffers,” the AAP convenor said.

The AAP leader asserted that his party would prove that governance is not restricted by resources and instil honest intentions.

For the past three years, Delhi’s ruling party has been trying to make inroads in several other states outside the national capital but has been unsuccessful in its attempts.

The party has now set its sights on Uttar Pradesh, an overcrowded political space, where Assembly polls are slated for early 2022.