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Adityanath most-sought-after CM for BJP campaign: Party leader

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The BJP's star campaigner, Yogi Adityanath, seems to have emerged as the party's most-sought-after for campaigning in the high-stakes Assembly election, addressing more than 50 rallies in three states.

In the past month, the saffron-clad leader has addressed several meetings in Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh, where BJP candidates are seeking his presence to improve their performance, a told PTI on Monday.

""So far, the 46-year-old poster boy has addressed 53 meetings in the three states. In Chhattisgarh, he addressed the maximum number of 21 meetings, which is far more than those by Amit Shah, who addressed nine meetings, and Narendra Modi, who addressed four rallies," said the on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak on it.

Among the leaders outside the state, Adityanath did the maximum number of meetings, showing his growing clout, acceptance and demand among the party cadre, said another senior leader.

In Madhya Pradesh, where is eying a fourth term, Adityanath addressed 15 meetings, while Shah and Modi held 25 and 10 rallies respectively.

Likewise, in poll-bound Rajasthan, the UP is scheduled to address 17 meetings as against 10 rallies scheduled for Modi.

Previously, in Karnataka, and too, Adityanath was the saffron party's star

"Under the leadership of Adityanath, UP is progressing and setting an example of development for other states. Investments are coming as law and order has improved drastically as compared to previous regimes," said.

"The demand for our CM in other states reflect his acceptability among people and our cadre beyond Uttar Pradesh," Tripathi said.

went to polls in two phases on November 12 and 20, had elections on November 28 and will go to polls on Friday.

Before the Assembly election early this year, Adityanath, who belongs to the Nath sect of Shaivite tradition, was deputed as the party's trump card to woo followers of the sect and Gorakhshnath Peeth as they make a considerable chunk of voters in the northeastern state.

He had addressed over half-a-dozen public rallies and conducted a couple of road shows in the northeastern state. Five of seven seats, where the UP chief minister campaigned, was won by the BJP. The party rose from nil in 2013 to an impressive 43 of 59 seats, unseating the 25-year-old

Even before the Assembly election dates were announced, Adityanath emerged as the main draw in the southern state. He had also campaigned for the BJP during the elections in order to appeal to the Hindi-speaking migrants in the western state.

"After Narendra Modi, Adityanath has emerged as the most powerful icon," said a BJP leader, adding he was sought after by the BJP state units, wherever elections were being held.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 16:45 IST