In order to ensure that the BJP registers a comprehensive win in the Uttar Pradesh urban local body polls, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will kick off his election campaign from the temple town of Ayodhya from today.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister, who will address a rally each in all the 16 poll-bound municipal corporations, is also expected to visit districts of Gonda and Bahraich today. "UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will address a rally each in all the 16 poll-bound municipal corporations. The chief minister will start his campaign from Ayodhya on November 14. On the same day, he is likely to visit districts of Gonda and Bahraich," a senior UP BJP leader said.
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A total of forty public meetings have been planned for the Uttar Pradesh chief minister so far.
The municipal elections to be held in three phases from November 22, are seen as a litmus test for the state government's popularity.
On Monday, the Uttar Pradesh CM had expressed happiness that Ayodhya and Mathura-Vrindavan municipal corporations, constituted by his government, were going to polls for the first time.
The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet had given its approval for constitution of two new municipal corporations for Ayodhya and Mathura-Vrindavan on May 9. The idea behind the decision was to provide better amenities to pilgrims.
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The Ayodhya Municipal Corporation will cover the twin cities of Faizabad and Ayodhya, while Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation will look after the civic needs in the two pilgrim towns.
Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister had visited the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi site after the mega pre-Diwali celebrations organised by his government in Ayodhya last month leading to criticism from rivals who accused him of playing the communal card.