RLD leaders Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary will also be present in the joint rallies in western UP . The idea of a joint roadshow has been dropped as Mayawati is not fond of roadshows, said one person.
What’s making matters worse for these MPs is that some MLAs from the party appear to be readying to contest the election and that some members of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have defected to the BJP.
The BJP unit in UP has requested the PM Modi to hold two-three rallies in the state in each of the seven phases of the general election, party functionaries told ET.
Bringing the manifesto early is a “special focus” this time, and that is why home minister Rajnath Singh was put in-charge of the manifesto committee.
The assurances of posts were apparently made by BJP President Amit Shah in his meetings with both allies earlier; leading to de-escalation in tensions.
BJP had swept this communally sensitive region in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and in the 2017 assembly polls.
The Prime Minister could not lay the foundation stone of Jewar International Airport in Greater Noida on Saturday.
With four seats going to the Akhilesh Yadav family members and at least three other seats are further complicating any future understanding with the Congress in UP.
In Kanpur, PM said 'people in jail, about to go to jail and on those on bail' have got together to fight him. “They want to capture power in Delhi to avoid going to jail,” Modi said later in Ghaziabad.
BJP will try to inflame emotions after air strikes but it has failed on national security: RLD's Jayant Chaudhary
The air strikes after Pulwama have led to BJP raising the nationalistic pitch, a factor that the SP-BSP-RLD alliance is up against, he said.
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