Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit 10 states over five days starting February 8, travelling daily and also staying a night away from Delhi in Assam, signaling his full campaign mode for the Lok Sabha elections. This follows his visit to all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday and a trip to West Bengal last Saturday.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been at loggerheads with the Centre over the CBI’s action against the Kolkata police commissioner and has been blocking permission to BJP leaders like Yogi Adityanath and Shivraj Singh Chouhan to hold rallies in the state.
The prime minister will be in three states on February 8, kicking off with a rally in Raigarh’s Kondatarai in Chhattisgarh. This will also be his first visit to the state after his party lost badly in the assembly elections there.
With Lok Sabha elections staring it in the face, the BJP knows it has an uphill task given the potential losses it expects in some key states where it did exceedingly well in the 2014 polls.
On Friday, PM Modi will leave for Chhattisgarh where he will address a public meeting in Raigarh, from where he will head to West Bengal to hold a rally in Mainaguri in Jalpaiguri district.
Modi will then travel to Guwahati in Assam, where he is slated to spend the night. Saturday will see Modi visit Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, Amingaon in Assam and Agartala in Tripura to attend various programmes and hold rallies.
The next day, the prime minister will be in the three southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, addressing public meetings in Guntur, Tirupur and Hubbali, respectively.
To mark the “third billionth meal” of the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme Monday, Modi will attend public functions at the Akshaya Patra Foundation campus in Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh.
On Tuesday, he will visit the northern state of Haryana to address a public meeting in Kurukshetra.