Lucknow, Jun 1: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earned praise for breaking Noida jinx (that any CM visiting the place loses elections). However, four back-to-back electoral defeats after Yogi Adityanath visited Noida and Greater Noida in December 2017 suggests that the jinx has begun haunting the Chief Minister in the state.
Yogi Adityanath bravely declared that he might be a devout Hindu, but did not believe in superstitions and went to Noida twice. However, since then, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost three Lok Sabha seats including Adityanath’s bastion Gorakhpur as well as one Assembly seat – Noorpur.
The Noida jinx drew attention when Veer Bahadur Singh was removed from the post of Chief Minister by the Congress leadership as soon as he came back from a Noida trip in the late 80s. Since then, successive CMs have been avoiding going there. Rajnath Singh avoided Noida during his regime between 2000 and 2002.
Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav had visited Noida in 2003 but failed to retain the top after his tenure ended in 2007. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati as CM also visited the place for inaugurating Metro service in 2011 and lost power a year later.
Yogi Adityanath’s predecessor Akhilesh Yadav, too, preferred to totally avoid Noida and Greater Noida during his tenure from 2012 to 2017. He inaugurated mega projects for the NCR from his 5, Kalidas Marg residence in Lucknow. After BJP’s defeat in Kairana and Noorpur, the same jinx has made political circles abuzz.