Describing the Congress' move to appoint Priyanka Gandhi as the party general secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that her entry into active politics will have no impact on Bharatiya Janata Party's prospects in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
"Zero plus zero results in zero. This would not make any impact on the poll outcome. With her appointment, the Congress has only extended its culture of political dynasty," Yogi Adityanath told reporters in Noida where he inaugurated Noida-Greater Noida Metro's new Aqua Line.
Priyanka Gandhi, 47, the sister of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, was on Wednesday appointed the party's general secretary for UP East, effective from February. Her region of responsibility would also include Gorakhpur, from where Adityanath has been a five-time member of parliament.
CM Adityanath also reject the alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party as any challenge for the BJP.
"Earlier there was a jinx associated with Noida and Greater Noida. It was said that any chief minister who visits this region loses his/her chair. Hence this region remained ignored," he said referring to former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, without naming them.
"When I became the chief minister, I was asked if I would visit the twin-cities in western UP, I said why not! Noida and Greater Noida are also part of UP. We are not working for the chair or power, we are working for the people. I have visited this region multiple times since March 2017 and would continue to do so in future," Adityanath said.
(With inputs from PTI)