All major players – Samajwadi Party, Congress, BJP and the BSP – will be giving a one last push as campaigning closes for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on Monday. While Prime Minister Modi will be addressing his third rally in Varanasi, the SP-Congress alliance is relying on its volunteers to take the message of their campaign.
Thousands of volunteers, mostly youth have been pressed into force by the alliance, sporting T-shirts embossed with the slogans ‘Phir Sey Akhilesh’ and their trademark slogan ‘UP ko yeh saath pasand hai’.
According to their campaign strategist Prashant Kishor, most of the volunteers are young educated professionals and students from the universities and villages who had voted for Modi three years.
As of now, 5,000 volunteers from across the country including large number of students of IIT-BHU are helping digitally and on the ground with the campaign. The chaiwallas and paanwallas are the specific target of the SP-Congress alliance.
Besides, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and face of the SP-Congress alliance Akhilesh Yadav is set to address as many as seven rallies today.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding a rally in predominantly rural Rohaniya Assembly segment falling under his Lok Sabha constituency. This will be the third consecutive day of electioneering by the Prime Minister here.
Since Friday, Modi has addressed as many as three public meetings and taken out two processions in open vehicles.
Today’s rally in Rohaniya appears strategically timed and placed as Modi will deliver his speech when less than a quarter of the day will be left before campaign comes to a close at 5 P.M. Rohaniya houses Jayapur, the first village to be adopted by the PM under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Murli Manohar Joshi won the seat for the BJP though the party trailed in Rohaniya behind the candidates of Samajwadi Party, BSP and Apna Dal, one of the reasons why his victory margin remained a slim 18,000 votes.
In the 2012 assembly polls, the BJP finished a distant fourth with its candidate securing a paltry 9.67 per cent of votes and forfeiting his deposit.
The polling for the last and seventh phase will take place on Wednesday. The results of Uttar Pradesh polls, along with Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa will be declared on March 11.