Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the country wanted to see Narendra Modi as the next prime minister and this had become clear in the three phases of polling as a wave in favour of National Democratic Alliance was sweeping across the country.
Addressing a rally in Chandauli after BJP state president Mahendra Nath Pandey filed his nomination papers from there on Wednesday, Yogi said that by pressing the lotus button people were not only voting for the BJP but also strengthening the hands of the prime minister at the Centre.
Pandey is contesting election to retain the Chandauli seat he had won by a handsome margin in 2014. The BJP candidate filed his nomination papers at the collectorate after a kilometre-and-a-half padyatra.
“India has achieved in just five years what it could not in 50 years of Congress rule. India has become a super power economically and has improved relations with other countries for which our Prime Minister has been felicitated,” he said.
Wooing farmers, the Chief Minister said that Chandauli was known as a rice bowl and for betterment of the people of this trans-Ganga district, a large number of government schemes were implemented.
“The face of the area has changed in the last five years and further progress will be made if Pandey wins the election and Modi becomes the prime minister of the country again,” he said.
Highlighting the achievements of his government, Yogi said that the state government had announced procurement price of wheat at Rs 1,860 per quintal to benefit farmers. He said that both Central and state governments had provided its benefits to all sections of society irrespective of religions and castes.
The Chief Minister claimed that because of his efforts two Bhojpuri actors, Ravi Kishan and Dinesh Lal Yadav alias Nirahua, were contesting polls from Gorakhpur and Azamgarh respectively.
“We have brought them from Mumbai so that they can work in Purvanchal and contribute to the development of the region. The two actors would also pave the way for a film city in the region,” Yogi said.
Pandey filed his nomination papers in the presence of Yogi Adityanath, his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya, senior leader Kalraj Mishra and Nirahua.
Later, the leaders addressed the poll meeting seeking support for Pandey.