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BJP targets Akhilesh, Mayawati personally in UP election campaign

The BJP unit in UP has requested the PM Modi to hold two-three rallies in the state in each of the seven phases of the general election, party functionaries told ET.

, ET Bureau|
Mar 13, 2019, 07.45 PM IST
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On Wednesday, CM Yogi Adityanath tweeted that people of UP will "cock a snook at the Bua-Bhatija alliance".
NEW DELHI: The BJP is likely to target Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati personally in Uttar Pradesh while fashioning its election campaign around the slogan of ‘Phir ek baar, Modi sarkar - Phir Modi ji ko banayen pradhan sewak’ (Once more Modi government, Make Modi prime servant again).

It has started putting out material in social media highlighting that Mayawati was mentioned in the Wikileaks cables by US diplomats as “dictatorial and corrupt”, that she allegedly used to send an aircraft to Mumbai to get her new footwear, that she used to get roads on her route washed before leaving home and that she wasted public money on statues and memorials.

Similarly, the BJP has started targeting Akhilesh Yadav after the SP’s first list of nine names featured four members of the Yadav family including his wife Dimple. Citing his earlier statement that Dimple would not contest this time, the party has labelled Yadav a ‘palturam (someone who goes back on his word)’. It has said that for Yadav “family comes first, party is second and nation is nowhere”, and that in SP “election starts from the family and ends there”.

On Wednesday, CM Yogi Adityanath tweeted that people of UP will "cock a snook at the Bua-Bhatija alliance".

The BJP unit in UP has proposed a flurry of rallies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested the PM to hold two-three rallies in the state in each of the seven phases of the general election, party functionaries told ET. “The first rally of the PM may be in Meerut later this month to kick off his campaign from UP. Both in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and 2017 assembly polls, the PM had begun his campaign with a rally in Meerut. So it is a lucky venue for us,” said a senior BJP functionary, who did not wish to be identified.

Besides, the party has started holding ‘morcha sammelans’ or gatherings that will see seven wings of the BJP holding a meeting in each of the 80 Lok Sabha seats, translating into nearly 600 meetings before the first phase of polling on April 11. The party’s wings dedicated to youth, backward communities, minorities, women, Scheduled Castes and farmers will be holding these meetings across the state.

“While other parties are still figuring out their alliance permutations, BJP is going full steam ahead with its ground-level campaign with our morcha sammelans,” said the BJP’s spokesman in UP, Rakesh Tripathi.

The party seems to have won over its restless allies in the state by giving out important positions in boards and corporations to key functionaries of Apna Dal and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party just before the election model code of conduct came into effect. Both allies are, however, awaiting clarity on the number of seats they will get to contest in the state. SBSP is seeking at least two seats in eastern UP while Apna Dal is insisting on at least five seats.
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