Lucknow: For the first time since he became the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will address an election rally in Ayodhya district on Wednesday. (Also read: PM Modi Using Martyrs For Political Mileage, Says Raj Babbar)

PM Modi would address a rally at Maya Bazaar, about 25 km from Ayodhya town. He will be giving the Hanumangarhi Temple or the site of Ram temple a skip. The Prime Minister would be campaigning in support of the candidates of Faizabad and Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha constituencies.

Local media said people were asking why the PM was avoiding religious places in this temple town. “Ayodhya temple is not far from the rally venue. Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi came to visit Hanumangammari temple. Maybe Modi wants to come to the Ram temple of Ayodhya only after the Supreme Court’s verdict,” a resident was quoted as saying by a local daily.

Nirvana Akhara Chief Warden Dharmadas said, “I have already told Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath that he should ask for PM Modi to visit.”

PM Modi will rally in Rampur Maya which is a small town on the border of Ayodhya-Ambedkarnagar district.

Interestingly, Rahul had visited Hanumangarhi during 2017 UP Assembly elections and Priyanka has visited Ayodhya earlier this month. While they both went to Hanumangandhi, they too skipped the disputed site. PM Modi has not visited Hanumangarhi in the last five years.

Meanwhile, Delhi is set to witness rigorous campaigning. CM and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal will hold roadshows across seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Delhi from Wednesday. “Each day, there will be a roadshow by Kejriwal. One will begin from Model Town on Wednesday. Senior party leaders have been assigned constituencies,” said AAP leader Gopal Rai said.

The BJP’s top leadership will also be camped in the city from Wednesday for electioneering activities in favour of the party’s Lok Sabha candidates. Party chief Amit Shah and Home Union Minister Rajnath Singh will address separate rallies today at DDA Park in Vasant Kunj and Shastri Park respectively. Delhi is set to go into polls on May 12.