Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Kalyan Singh's son Rajveer banks on Modi magic
Rajveer Singh is invoking Modi in most of his speeches by telling the crowd about the surgical strikes in Balakot and how important it is to make Modi the PM again.
BJP president Amit Shah had already campaigned for Rajveer Singh on April 10 in Kasganj in Etah. Now, Modi will hold a public rally in Etah on Saturday before the seat goes to Phase-3 polling on April 23. Etah, which is the birthplace of saint and poet Tulsidas, has been for a while associated with Kalyan Singh. In 2009, Kalyan Singh won from Etah despite leaving BJP and forming his own Jan Kranti Party. In 2014, his son won here from BJP, with a margin of 2 lakh votes and polling nearly 74,000 more votes than the SP and BSP candidates combined. This, however, is still of no comfort to Rajveer Singh, who faces Devendra Yadav, the alliance candidate from SP.
Unsurprisingly, Singh is invoking Modi in most of his speeches by telling the crowd about the surgical strikes in Balakot and how important it is to make Modi the prime minister again.
He does slip in the claim that he has brought development works worth Rs 10,600 crore to Etah – a point on which Devendra Yadav is attacking him saying virtually no development has come to Etah, a constituency that drags on most development parameters. Etah was once also known as the kidnapping capital of Uttar Pradesh, where kidnapped victims were brought to be held hostage by gangs for extortion, even from other states. BJP leaders now do not fail to cite how things have transformed on the law and order front against criminals in Etah since Yogi Adityanath became the UP Chief Minister in 2017.
Etah has virtually become a straight contest between Singh and Yadav since Congress has not put up any candidate but left the seat for its ally, Rashtriya Jan Adhikar Party. SP leaders exude confidence that they can upset the BJP apple-cart in Etah this time. “Kalyan Singh won in 2009 as SP was supporting him against Devendra Yadav who fought then on BSP ticket. Akhilesh Yadav has already held two rallies for Devendra Yadav this time,” a local SP leader told ET.