BJP targets Uttar Pradesh : Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit state twice in April


Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi


The BJP is keen to make a significant push in Uttar Pradesh . The state is scheduled to hold assembly polls in 2017. And the  BJP has already taken lead , its star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon be making one not two visits to  Uttar Pradesh (UP)  in April, to participate in programmes organised by the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an official confirmed .

Modi will participate in an event on April 14 marking the birth anniversary of Dalit-icon B.R. Ambedkar.

A series of programmes and events have been lined up in April that will start on the anniversary of Ambedkar and conclude on April 24, with a programme in Agra, party spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak told IANS.

The BJP facing an uphill task of containing the dwindling support in UP, a state it swept in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by winning 71 of the 80 seats.

After a series of political reverses, the party has decided to go on an all-out campaign to woo the Dalits, who had voted in large numbers for the party in the 2014 polls, which also lead to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) drawing a blank, sources said.

Party insiders said central leaders had decided “to further focus on Dalits” with an aim to get better results in the 2017 state assembly polls. (IANS)