UP Elections 2017: The BJP apparently has a ‘lucky’ chair which PM Narendra Modi used in the 2014 electionswhen he became the Prime Minister and his party won 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP. A simple wooden chair at first glance, the chair has been asked to be brought to Kanpur on 19 December; on that day, the PM will address a rally there. The BJP will seek to recreate the victory it had in 2014,locked as it is in a battle for UP with the SP, the BSP and the Congress party.
Coming just before the UP elections 2017, BJP district president Surendra Maithani told the Indian Express:“The workers believe that the chair is lucky for the party.When it was used by Modiji in the first ‘Vijay Shankhnad’ rally in UP, the party had recorded a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha elections.We believe that if the PM sits on the chair again at the ‘Parivartan Yatra’ rally, it will bring positive change for the party in 2017 elections and BJP will win the most number of seats.”
A specially-designed case, 5.5-6 ft in length and 3 ft wide, made of unbreakable glass houses the chair in New Delhi. Besides the chair, a glass tumbler from which Modi sipped water during the 2014 rally and a paper box containing Kanpur’s famous ‘Thaggu ke laddu’, which was offered to him, are also preserved in the chamber. Both of these items will be brought to the December 19 rally.
In related news, the BJP is looking to assemble a crowd of at least five lakh people for this rally, scheduled to be held at the Railways Ground in Nirala Nagar of Kanpur. It plans to mobilise people from the 14 Assembly segments of Kanpur and its adjoining districts.Kanpur, remember, is important to all parties, in the context of the UP elections 2017; it is the administrative headquarters of theKanpur Nagar district and Kanpur division. ,t is the second largest industrial town in north India, following Delhi.