The BJP is planning to launch four ‘yatras’ from different parts of Uttar Pradesh later this month, which may last for 3-4 weeks in all the districts of the state and will have the participation of senior BJP leaders from the state and the Centre. . Party officials in UP have told News18.
This will be on the lines of the ‘Parivartan Yatra’ undertaken by the BJP ahead of the 2017 assembly elections, when four ‘yatras’ in specially designed buses began on November 5 that year and ended on December 24, 2017 in Lucknow .
“This time period will be short – maybe three to four weeks – and we plan to start them later this month. We can give a new name to these visits because the ‘change’ has already happened in 2017 All senior party leaders including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, our deputy CM, state ministers, Union ministers and senior party functionaries will be part of the yatra,” a senior UP BJP functionary told News18.
These BJP yatras will also serve as a counter to the ongoing ‘Vijay Yatra’ of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who began the third leg of his yatra on Saturday from CM Yogi Adityanath’s stronghold Gorakhpur.
Yadav started his ‘Vijay Yatra’ from Kanpur on 12 October and the second leg from Hardoi on 31 October. Yadav will begin the fourth phase of his ‘Vijay Yatra’ from Ghazipur towards his parliamentary constituency Azamgarh on November 16. Prime minister Narendra Modi He will inaugurate Lucknow-Ghazipur Purvanchal Expressway at Sultanpur on the same day. Yadav has been vehemently attacking the BJP in his well-attended visits.
BJP leaders said the trips planned by them would focus on showcasing the achievements of the Yogi government in UP and the Narendra Modi government at the Center and highlight the “appeasement politics” of the Samajwadi Party.
“Such yatras also serve as an exercise to rally the party cadre and make it a mass movement campaign. We will try to reach out to as many beneficiaries of the BJP government’s schemes in these yatras to impress upon them how the BJP has benefited them,” said a senior BJP leader from the state. Tour buses are fitted with hydraulic equipment so that leaders can use sky-lifts to address people from the roof.
In 2017, BJP started Parivartan Yatras from Saharanpur, Lalitpur, Sonbhadra and Ballia and all of them were organized in Lucknow. He was flagged off in 2017 by the then BJP President Amit Shah. The Parivartan Yatra then marked the beginning of the BJP’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh, leading to a historic victory for the NDA with 325 seats.