Amit Shah Plans Rally-for-Rally Strat­egy to Bat­tle Akhilesh-Rahul in Ut­tar Pradesh

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Luc­know: BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah will hold a par­al­lel road­show in Allahabad on Tues­day at the same time as the one to be held jointly by Akhilesh Ya­dav and Rahul Gandhi.

This is the first of three such road­shows be­ing planned by the BJP in an ad­di­tion to the party’s cam­paign to counter joint road­shows by the SP­Congress al­liance lead­ers in ma­jor cities across Ut­tar Pradesh in the on­go­ing as­sem­bly elec­tion, a se­nior BJP leader said.

Shah will hold a three-hour long road­show on Tues­day from about 1:30 pm, at the same time as the SP­Congress duo but on an ad­join­ing route, fin­ish­ing just in time for elec­tion­cam­paign­ing­toend­inAl­la­habad, where polling is due on Thurs­day. Shah will travel on an im­pro­vised truck, along with BJP state pres­i­dent Ke­shav Prasad Mau­rya and can­di­dates such as Sid­dharth Nath Singh.

Next week, he is slated to lead an­other road­show in Varanasi, where the Ya­dav-Gandhi duo is also ex­pected to hold a road­show. Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, who rep­re­sents Varanasi in Lok Sabha, is sched­uled to ad­dress nine more pub­lic ral­lies in UP till March 6 in keep­ing with his plan of ad­dress­ing three ral­lies apiece in each of the seven phases of polling. Modi, who ad­dressed a rally in Phulpur (Allahabad) on Mon­day, is due to ad­dress ral­lies in Bahraich and Basti on Fe­bru­ary 23, in Gonda the next day and in Mau on Fe­bru­ary 27. He may hold a big rally in Varanasi too next week.

“Allahabad and Phulpur, tra­di­tion­ally a Congress back­yard, are vi­tal to the BJP as the party holds none of t he 1 0 a s s e mbly s e at s here. Sa­ma­jwadi Party holds six of the seats, Congress holds one while BSP holds three. Our state pres­i­dent Ke­shav Prasad Mau­rya is the MP from Phulpur and is de­ter­mined to de­liver the as­sem­bly seats to BJP this time,” said the BJP leader cited ear- lier, who did not wish to be iden­ti­fied. The BJP has pressed more than a dozen cen­tral min­is­ters into the UP cam­paign, in­clud­ing Ra­j­nath Singh, Arun Jait­ley, Uma Bharti, Kal­raj Mishra, Sm­riti Irani, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Ra­jiv Pratap Rudy, Pi y ush Goel, Ma h e s h S h a r ma , Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi and San­tosh Gang­war. The party is us­ing five chop­pers daily for whirl­wind cam­paign­ing and four-five ral­lies daily in the state by Shah, Ra­j­nath Singh, Mau­rya and Kal­raj Mishra each. Can­di­dates have been given the “free­dom” to place re­quests to BJP’s prachar vib­hag (cam­paign de­part­ment) for send­ing in those on the party’s ‘star cam­paign­ers’ list to hold pub­lic ral­lies. “Many of our star cam­paign­ers are cen­tral min­is­ters… hence they are



BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah at a re­cent pub­lic meet­ing in Khurja.

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