Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election campaign for Uttar Pradesh as the party released the list of its 30 star campaigners, excluding the mother-son duo of Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi.
Besides the prime minister, the high profile list includes the names of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and 26 others.
However, the mother-son duo of Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi has been excluded from the list. Both have won elections many times from Sultanpur and Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh. Of late Varun Gandhi has criticised the government policies.
The BJP released a list of 30 names who will campaign for the party's candidates in UP in the first phase of the elections.
The others in the list include Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP state president Swatantra Dev Singh, Unions ministers, Dharmendra Pradhan, Smriti Irani, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Deputy Chief Ministers Dr Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya. Radha Mohan Singh and Sanjeev Balyan are also on the list
Elections to the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10. The polling in Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will be taken up on March 10.