Lucknow : Active campaigns by senior BJP and Congress leaders, present and former Union ministers, have set the poll pot boiling in the otherwise staid local body elections in Uttar Pradesh.
For the first time, all the major political parties are contesting on their respective election symbols.
With political circles viewing the elections as a referendum on the BJP government’s performance, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is leaving no stone unturned to ensue a sweeping victory.
If Adityanath is criss-crossing the length and breadth of India’s most populous state to cover all the 16 mayoral seats, his deputy Keshav Maurya is flying from one district to another in a helicopter to address as many rallies as possible.
“The newly-appointed state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey is busy galvanising party workers and asking them to spread the message of development,” BJP media-in-charge Harish Chandra Srivastava said.
The chief minister kicked off the campaign for the civic polls on Tuesday from the temple town of Ayodhya where he sought to convince the electorate that a win for the BJP would ensure holistic development.
The BJP’s victory would boost Adityanath’s confidence and ensure that there is no friction in implementing his development agenda, party sources said .
The polls are being considered significant for the saffron party which stormed to power with a landslide victory in the state assembly elections.
Unlike previous years when local body polls were a staid affair, a lot of heat has been generated this time with major political parties contesting on their election symbols.
The BJP has deployed its central leaders to woo the masses. Not to be left behind, the Congress, too, is pushing its central leaders to campaign, ostensibly to retrieve some of the lost ground with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls approaching.
The BJP has asked its Union ministers and MPs to move to their respective constituencies, while the Congress has given specific responsibilities to senior leaders like former Union minister Jitin Prasada, Sanjay Singh and Salman Khurshid to hit the campaign trail along with state party president Raj Babbar and parliamentarian Pramod Tewari, Congress spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi told PTI.
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