Rae Bareli: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a maiden visit to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency Rae Bareli on Sunday, in an attempt to pip the Congress leadership in the general elections 2019. His visit comes days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a humiliating defeat in three crucial states– Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

During his visit to Congress’ stronghold, the Prime Minister will flag off the Humsafar Express and lay the foundation stone and inaugurate projects worth Rs 1,100 crore including 133-km Rae Bareli stretch of National Highway 232, an important link among Bundelkhand, Chitrakoot, Lucknow and Purvanchal areas in Uttar Pradesh. The newly widened highway is expected to reduce travel time from Banda to Rae Bareli to 2.5 hours from 7-8 hours.

“Prime Minister Modi will dedicate to the nation the newly widened and rehabilitated Raebareli-Fatehpur-Banda section of NH-232 at an event in Raebareli on Sunday, the 16th of December. The 133-km project has been completed at a cost of about Rs 558 crore,” the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

In Rae Bareli, PM Modi will also hold a public meeting, wherein he is expected to talk about the ‘corruption charges surrounding the Gandhi family’.

Later in the day, the prime minister will also visit Prayagraj (Allahabad) to monitor the preparations of Kumbh Mela 2019. He will be performing Ganga Pujan ceremony for which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik along with members from 13 Akhadas will accompany him. Furthermore, he is scheduled to inaugurate state of the art Command and Control Centre for the Kumbh and pay a visit ‘Swach Kumbh’ exhibition. The Kumbh Mela is slated to begin from January 14, next year. PM Modi will also address a public gathering in Jhunsi area and inaugurate the newly-constructed terminal building of Bamrauli airport in Prayagraj before departing for Delhi.