Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is going to hit the road in Uttar Pradesh in an attempt to create a miracle in the country’s most populous state.
Modi’s close aide Amit Shah is busy preparing a roadmap for Modi’s tour of the state that sends as many as 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha.
The first rally will be held in the Railway Colony area of Kanpur, the second-largest city of the state, on October 19 followed by one in Jhansi, another Congress stronghold and better known as Bundelkhand, on October 25. The third rally has been planned in Bahraich on the international border with Nepal, on November 8. The fourth would be held in Lucknow, the erstwhile seat of BJP’s only Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. And, it will be held on December 24, the eve of Vajpayee’s 89th birthday.
The saffron party is walking the tight rope in UP as it managed to win only 10 seats in the 2009 general election and its vote share in the state came down when it took on the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and others. In 1998, BJP won 57 seats — highest for the party in the state till date — with 36.49% of the vote. In 2009, its vote share was whittled down to 17.5%.
“For us, the fight is 10 against 70 as all parties, one way or the other, are opposing the BJP. We are trying hard for a miracle and revive the party’s fortunes in the state. Under Amit Shah’s leadership, we have planned a number of rallies that will be addressed by our star campaigner Narendra Modi,” said Vijay Bahadur Pathak, spokesperson of the party’s UP state unit.