Jalaun, Feb 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh on Monday ahead of the fourth phase of Assembly elections 2017 which is scheduled to be held on February 23. 53 assembly seats will go polls in the fourth phase.Also Read - PM Modi Asks Officials to Review Plans to Ease International Travel Restrictions Over 'Omicron' Variant Scare
Apart from the Prime Minister, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is also expected to address public at Rae Bareli, Sultanpur, Faizabad and Amethi on Monday. Also Read - PM Modi Invited to US 'Summit for Democracy', Likely to Participate: Sources
Earlier on Sunday, while addressing a rally in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh, the Prime Minister said that the ‘Vanvaas of Vikas’ in Uttar Pradesh must end now. He said as the nation is moving ahead at fast pace, Uttar Pradesh must also lead the path of growth and development. Also Read - 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ Powerful Manifestation Of Constitution's Spirit: PM Modi At Constitution Day Event
In his address, Modi said that the BJP government wants to provide free gas connections to rural households and wants people to have access to clean fuel. Taking a dig at the Congress party, Modi said that the Congress confused people over giving 9/12 cylinders and appealed to people to give up subsidies so that the poor would benefit by this move.
PM Modi also played the communal card in Fatehpur while he questioned the public that if land can be given for the construction of a kabristan (graveyard) then, why not for Shamshaan (crematorium). The statement received huge flak from the general public and from the politicians as well.
The third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 concluded peacefully on Sunday and recorded 61.16 per cent voter turnout.
The seven-phase polls in Uttar Pradesh will conclude on March 8. The counting of the votes in the state will be held on March 11. Major parties in fray are Samajwadi Party, BJP, Congress and BSP.
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