Varun not in campaigners list for UP

Varun not in campaigners list for UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the BJP’s star campaigner for the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly elections, starting February 11.

With the BJP not projecting chief ministerial candidates in the upcoming elections in any of the five states, the party is fighting the electoral battle on Modi’s popularity and his government’s performance.

The party has decided against using Modi too much in this round of the polls, as it had done in Bihar and Delhi.

In the list of 40 campaigners handed over to the Election Commission by the party, MP Varun Gandhi’s name is missing but the party has included his mother, Union minister Maneka Gandhi, to canvass for candidates in the first two phases of polling, which would be held in the western region and parts of central region in UP.

Varun had courted controversy following the emergence of posters, projecting him as the prospective chief minister of UP, in Allahabad last summer at the time of the party’s conclave there.

Veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who had addressed rallies during the party’s ‘parivartan yatra’, has also not been included in the list of star campaigners. BJP president Amit Shah and 15 Union ministers will be seeking votes for the party in the polls.
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