Mission 2022: BJP MPs to take out jan ashirwad yatras ahead of campaign blitz in Uttar Pradesh
BJP chief JP Nadda addresses party MPs in Delhi, Yogi attends meet; new Union ministers from the state may visit Uttar Pradesh from August 16 onwards
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda has tasked party MPs from the state with launching yatras across rural Uttar Pradesh.
The move comes ahead of the campaign blitzkrieg that the ruling BJP plans to launch in UP, where assembly elections are due early next year. The decision was conveyed to the MPs at a dinner meeting in Delhi on Wednesday.
Termed “jan ashirwad yatras”, as party MPs would seeking blessings from the public ahead of the 2022 UP polls, they could be rolled out after the monsoon session of Parliament ends on August 13.
Seven Union ministers from UP who have found a place in Narendra Modi government too have been directed to tour UP, party leaders said, adding that the new union ministers from the state could be visiting UP from August 16 onwards.
Nadda, who chaired the meeting, asserted that the state government is fulfilling the party’s development agenda.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who arrived in Delhi on Wednesday evening, spoke about the development work undertaken by his government.
“All party MPs have been asked to visit rural UP, take out a campaign, mingle with the masses and popularise the schemes of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and Yogi Adityanath government in UP,” a party MP said after the dinner meeting held the Delhi’s Constitution Club.
Before the yatras, Anna Mahotsav would be organised in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be virtually interacting with about 80,000 ration card holders from the state who benefitted from the Centre’s free ration scheme launched to provide relief to the poor hit hard by Covid. The virtual interaction may happen on August 5, BJP leaders indicated.
The first batch of 40 party MPs from the state, including Rajya Sabha members, attended Wednesday’s meeting.
These BJP MPs were from western, Braj and Kanpur regions of the state. Party MPs from three other regions, Awadh, Kashi and Gorakhpur, are scheduled to be part of a similar meeting on Thursday. The second batch would have as many MPs as the first, party leaders said.
The BJP top leadership having decided to back chief minister Yogi Adityanath ahead of the assembly polls, continued to build ‘Brand Yogi’ praising his governance, party leaders said.
In line with the party decision, Yogi Adityanath government has also prepared a booklet on the development initiatives undertaken by the government. The booklet titled ‘Iradey nek, kaam anek (good intentions, several initiatives)’ has a picture of Lord Ram. The Ayodhya temple issue also finds mention in the booklet.
The party MPs would have a variety of tasks, including creating awareness among the poor about the need to take both the jabs as safeguard against Covid-19.
A BJP leader said the party’s decision to task its MPs with ‘Mission UP 2022’ was in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan who has already asked MPs to venture out in their regions to rebut the Opposition claim on a variety of issues, from farmers agitation to the Pegasus issue.
Nadda, who is set to arrive in Lucknow to plan strategies for the 2022 UP polls tentatively from August 7, is expected to meet district panchayat chairpersons and block pramukhs. The BJP swept these rural polls earlier this month.
“Now that we have so many rural representatives, they too would be a key part of BJP strategy,” a party leader said.
Union home minister Amit Shah is expected in Lucknow on August 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too is expected in the state at least twice in August for launching some big ticket projects like the Jewar international airport, to be developed as Asia’s biggest airport. Modi is also expected to launch the Purvanchal Expressway in August, a dream project of the Yogi Adityanath government.