On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was meant to address an election rally in Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh, but he was forced to address the crowd over the phone allegedly due to bad weather.
Billed as ‘Parivartan Rally’ (Rally for change), BJP has made its ambition explicitly clear that it will not settle with anything less than returning to power in Uttar Pradesh after 16 years, when the state goes to polls early next year.
In the absence of any charismatic leaders in the state, the saffron party has once again pinned its hopes on its star campaigner i.e. Prime Minister Modi.
But, it seems that the recent episodes of atrocity against Dalits and Muslims by right-wing cow vigilantes have made a large chunk of potential voters suspicious of the BJP.
Moments before the news of Modi’s inability to land his chopper allegedly due to bad weather came in, the party’s Uttar Pradesh Facebook page published the following photographs.
According to BJP sources in Uttar Pradesh, the prime minister was miffed with the reports of a thin crowd present in Bahraich.
Elsewhere, Patrika website reported that anti-Modi slogans were also being chanted in Bahraich, moments before the prime minister was to address his rally there.
Thin crowd in Bahraich comes just weeks after the party president Amit Shah was forced to address a near empty rally in Lucknow.
As exclusively reported by Janta Ka Reporter, Shah was left red-faced with an incredibly lukewarm response to his rally, which the supporters of both BJP and the expelled Bahujan Samaj Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya had worked hard to organise in September.
Much to Shah’s disappointment, barely 30,000-35,000 people had turned up at a ground, which is known to accommodate as many as five lakh people.
According to reports, Mayawati, in her previous rallies, had addressed a full house here.
The ground looked deserted with hundreds of thousands of chairs remaining empty.
It seems that Prime Minister Modi’s demonetisation announcement on 8 November has caused incredible anger among the middle class voters. With the state barely few months away from the crucial polls, the party that almost swept Lok Sabha elections in 2014, is unlikely to have an easy time in Uttar Pradesh.