With the determined opposition making moves to put a single formidable candidate against BJP in all Lok Sabha constituencies in the largest and politically crucial state Uttar Pradesh, so that to root out BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be took it as a challenge and focusing his attention on this state.
It may be recalled that by contesting from Varanasi and also making confident Amit Shah as incharge for the state, he makes BJP to win 71 of total 80 seats in 2014 polls, besides two more seats by its allay.
Modi’s half a dozen visits to Uttar Pradesh over the past fortnight though maybe seen it as a palpable nervousness on account of the increasing possibility of the BJP facing a grand opposition alliance in the next Lok Sabha elections, reflects his determination to challenge opposition’s mores are nevers.
Modi’s UP forays began on July 14 with Azamgarh, followed by Varanasi and Mirzapur. Precisely a week later he was in Shahjahanpur, addressing sugarcane farmers, whom he promised the moon.
On July 28, he had a bigger date with Lucknow, where he laid the foundation for 99 projects worth Rs 3,897 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Amrut Yojana and the Smart City Mission in Lucknow. Virtually in poll mode, he also held an interactive session with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
Though he chose to return to New Delhi on July 29 evening, he was back in Lucknow on Sunday morning, to preside over a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony to mark the crystallisation of investments worth Rs 60,000 crore.
“This is not just a ground-breaking ceremony, but a record-breaking achievement for which the credit goes to not only the state chief minister Yogi Adityanath, but also his entire team”, the prime minister told a massive gathering of industrialists.