UP CM Yogi Adityanath likely to lead BJP pad yatra in absence of Amit Shah,

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will lead the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pad yatra in West Bengal if party president Amit Shah fails to reach Malda on January 20. Shah, who was diagnosed with swine flu, is currently admitted in AIIMS Delhi. He’s expected to be discharged in two days.

Shah is supposed to kickstart its election campaign in West Bengal with a series of rallies beginning with a public rally on January 20. Next day, he will address two rallies in Suri in Birbhum district and Jhargram. On January 22, he will address rallies at Krishnanagar in Nadia district and Jaynagar in South 24 Parganas district. The rallies in various parts of the state will continue till first week of February.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to attend a rally at the Brigade Parade Ground here on February 8, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Dilip Ghosh said.

The announcement comes a day after the Supreme Court had put the BJP’s proposed “rath yatras” on hold, but allowed the saffron party to hold public meetings.

The BJP had planned ‘rath yatras’ touching all Lok Sabha constituencies in the state to boost its chances in the national elections. However, it was denied permission by the state government and has since been caught in legal tangles.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court put the programme on hold saying the state government’s law-and-order apprehensions over the event was not “totally unfounded” and asked the BJP to submit a fresh request and seek necessary approvals.

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