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DNA Special: Yogi’s Model, Modi’s face in UP elections next year?

Today’s biggest political news is from Uttar Pradesh where Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached his constituency Varanasi after 7 months and 15 days. A lot happened there, which will worry Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati. The Prime Minister today inaugurated 78 projects that were completed at a cost of Rs 744 crore and also laid the foundation of 206 proposed schemes. But his visit to Varanasi was not limited only to development. Rather, it is directly related to the next year’s Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections. You can understand it in three points.

The first point is that BJP has dropped the plan to replace Yogi Adityanath.

When the Prime Minister reached Varanasi today, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed him and after that PM Modi praised Chief Minister Yogi in the program to inaugurate the schemes.

This praise is important because after the defeat in the elections in the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal, the BJP became active in Uttar Pradesh and on June 1 this year, BL Santosh had reached Lucknow and there he had met many big leaders and MPs of the party including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

After this meeting, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh had a camp in Uttar Pradesh and five days later Yogi Adityanath came to Delhi. He then met Home Minister Amit Shah, Prime Minister Modi and BJP President JP Nadda. Since then, the speculations had intensified that a major reshuffle could happen before the Uttar Pradesh elections.

Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Morya himself, in a special conversation with Zee News on June 13, had said that the central leadership will take a decision on BJP’s face for UP elections. But today, all these speculations have come to a complete stop and it is clear from the words of the Prime Minister that he has put his stamp on the Yogi model in Uttar Pradesh. That is, Yogi Adityanath will be the candidate for the post of CM from BJP.

The second point of the Prime Minister’s visit is that BJP has started its campaign from today itself for the elections to be held next year. The series of schemes that the Prime Minister has put in place today is just the beginning of it. The most important of these is the International Cooperation and Convention Center of Varanasi, which has been named as Rudraksh.

In 2017, when former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe came to Ahmedabad, there was discussion on making this Convention Center and Prime Minister Modi named it Rudraksha, after which its construction started in the year 2018. That is, it was ready in just three years. Today, the Prime Minister, while inaugurating it, described Rudraksh as an important milestone in Kashi’s journey to become Kyoto.

Now you understand how BJP’s election campaign has started in UP from today?

PM Modi will now visit UP every month. He will inaugurate the Purvanchal Express Way after the Independence Day celebrations on 15th August. Purvanchal Express Way will connect 9 districts of Uttar Pradesh, which have 60 Vidhan Sabha seats. That’s why many analysts are considering this Express Way as a game-changer.

Apart from this, in September, October and November also, Jewar Airport, Bundelkhand Expressway and Ganga Expressway can be inaugurated and foundation stone laid. Most importantly, the government has decided that by the month of December this year, the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor will also be inaugurated. That is, by the time the election code of conduct will come into force in Uttar Pradesh in the early months of 2022, Prime Minister Modi would have given many gifts to UP and the impact of his visits would have affected many seats.

And the third point of our news is also that this election of Uttar Pradesh will also be fought on the face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

However, the question in your mind would be that why did the Prime Minister choose Varanasi for the election campaign? Let us briefly explain the reason for this.

There are a total of 403 Vidhan Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, out of which Purvanchal alone has 156 Vidhan Sabha seats. In the 2017 UP elections, BJP won 106 seats here, while Samajwadi Party got 18 and BSP got 12 seats.

Now if BJP has to come to power again, these seats of Purvanchal will have to be given more emphasis. And that is why today this election campaign has started from here. Apart from this, Prime Minister Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath come from Purvanchal itself.

Out of 80 districts of Uttar Pradesh, 26 are in Purvanchal. According to this, Purvanchal is bigger than 15 states of the country, because there are less than 26 districts in these states.

There are 29 Lok Sabha seats in Purvanchal and 22 seats are with BJP. In such a situation, this area will be very important for the BJP in the next year’s UP elections. And in this area, it can have a tough competition with the Samajwadi Party.

However, it is also important to understand here that why is UP so important for BJP?

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had won 303 seats, out of which it won the maximum 62 seats in UP. There are a total of 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP. According to this, BJP got about 20 percent seats from UP alone. That is, the role of Uttar Pradesh in forming the government in the country is huge. If it gets less than 60 seats in Uttar Pradesh, it will be difficult for the party to form the government. That is why UP is important for BJP.

If BJP keeps its strong hold on Lok Sabha seats, then it also has a huge advantage in the Legislative Assembly. After the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when the 2017 UP Legislative Assembly elections were held, the BJP had won 312 out of 403 seats in the state and formed its own government.

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