Last time, Modi had won the seat getting 5.81 lakh votes, which amounted to around 56 per cent of the votes polled, while Kejriwal had got nearly two lakh votes, which was around 20 per cent of the votes polled.
Since the BJP suffered defeats at the hands of the gathbandhan in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls last year, the party has faced an uphill battle in a region where politics revolves around Thakurs and Brahmins.
Priyanka Gandhi was addressing the public during a road show in Mirzapur Friday to campaign for party candidate Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, who is contesting against Anupriya Patel, union minister and leader of Apna Dal, an ally of BJP.
Speaking at a rally in Ghosi constituency of Mau district, the PM promised to construct a grand metal statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in Kolkata on the very spot where his statue was vandalised during the roadshow of Amit Shah.
Priyanka said, “If any leader adopts the path of lies and becomes arrogant, the public shows him the truth. The kind of politics prevalent in our country at present is not based on truth but on mere publicity."
Attacking the alliance, Adityanath further told the crowd, “After results are declared on May 23, bua (Mayawati) would say that babua (Akhilesh) is the head of goons, while babua would say that bua is the symbol of corruption.”
While the alliance hopes Singh will give a direct fight to Maneka, consolidating votes of both upper castes, especially Thakurs, and OBC, Dalit and Mulsim communities, Kamla’s entry has disturbed the equations.
“I have not seen a more cowardly and weak prime minister than him (Modi) in my life,” she told an election meeting here, a day after Modi targeted her father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, accusing him of using warship INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for a family holiday.
Modi also targeted Rahul Gandhi, alleging that the Congress president’s former business partner got a defence offset contract during the UPA’s tenure when the two had previous “experience only in dalali and liaisoning”.
“Priya Amethi wasiyon”, wrote Rahul Gandhi, adding that Amethi was his family, which gives him strength to stand with truth and listen to the sufferings of poor and weak and be able to raise their voice. He said Amethi gives him strength to take a pledge for equal justice to all.
Alleging that the video has been edited to suit needs, Priyanka told mediapersons, “Woh to jhoothon ke business mein hain. Hum to sachayi ke business mein hai (They are into the business of lies. We deal in truth).”