PM Narendra Modi will kick off the election campaign for the BJP by addressing a Parivartan rally in a historical Parade ground of Dehradun. It is also Modi’s first rally in Uttrakhand after Demonetisation. State’s CM Harish Rawat will be present at the gathering. The venue will witness the introduction of new projects including 900km Chardham Highway Development Programme. The rally has, ruling govt. of Uttrakhand, worried.
This rally is going to be crucial as Modi will lay the foundation stone for the all-weather road, directly connected with the people of the country who come for the ‘Chardham Yatra’. Furthermore, PM Modi in his earlier rallies has already announced that government soon be launching two schemes to encourage consumers and traders to transact digitally. While some have appreciated this initiative there are others who says the decision will slow India’s economy growth.
In 2013, Uttrakhand withheld through a series of disasters which left the state devastated. CM Harish Rawat, keeping the upcoming assembly polls in view, took heavy measures to restore Kedarnath Dham. But PM’s go to all weather road project has put the ball in BJP’s court. No wonder why Harish Rawat has expressed concern over all weather road project. The opposition may counter by India facing blues due to currency ban.
Post demonetisation, Modi has kept his focus on telling the citizens that banning old currency will help in demolishing terrorism, corruption, and black money and to inspire the countrymen towards digital transactions. So far the nation is concerned, the decision didn’t pan out in country’s favor. Even after 45+ days of issuing new currency, people are still lining up in the Banks and outside the ATM for hours to get cash. This somehow has put the government on back-foot.
On the other side, Congress has called a joint press conference including parties opposing demonetisation, which seems to have been barred by many. With the most of the parties deciding to stay put, TMC, DMK(JD)S, and the RJD will join forces in the conference. This might give UPA somewhat relief in their protest against the Centre. UPA Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is traveling to different parts of the country as a campaign against demonetisation.
PM Modi previously has addressed Ghazipur, Agra, Kushinagar, Moradabad, Bahraich, and Kanpur. What will be more interesting to see that how much crowd can this rally gather. Modi’s is known to attract the voters with his so called promises. Will BJP end up like Bihar and Delhi or will it gain the majority to form a government? Uttrakhand’s assembly Polls in 2017 is still a long way to go.