Eye on 2017 polls, 17 ministers take up PM’s challenge, will visit UP

UP goes to polls in less than a year and BJP is hoping to gain power in the state where it recorded a spectacular success in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 winning 73 of the 80 seats.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: January 6, 2016 12:49 am

Less than three weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked his Cabinet colleagues to take up the “challenge” of reaching the message about the government’s functioning to people, the BJP Tuesday came out with a list of ministers who will be visiting the politically sensitive Uttar Pradesh.

UP goes to polls in less than a year and BJP is hoping to gain power in the state where it recorded a spectacular success in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 winning 73 of the 80 seats.

As per the sources in the party, Prime Minister had asked the ministers to start visiting constituencies from the second week of January and spend at least 30 hours in areas assigned to them.

Launching the exercise, 17 Union Ministers have been assigned to visit 23 Lok Sabha constituencies across UP where they will be holding public meetings and also meet people in the Assembly segments to apprise them about the schemes and achievements of the Modi government since it came to power in 2014.

The ministers will also hold separate meetings with local party workers for collecting their feedback about central government and also to know their expectations with the general budget of the next fiscal.

These ministers (see box) will stay for at least one night in each Lok Sabha constituency assigned.

BJP UP state co-incharge Virendra Khateek said visit of the Union ministers will raise the morale of the party workers.

Among those scheduled to visit the state are Union ministers Harsh Vardhan, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, Vijay Sampla, Giriraj Singh, Radhamohan Singh and Ramvilas Pawan. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Chemicals and Fetilizers minister Ananth Kumar too will visit the state.

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