Shah’s foot march in Meerut tomorrow

New Delhi: Aiming to consolidate BJP votes, party national president Amit Shah will go on a nearly two-hour long foot march in Meerut tomorrow, which will be followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally on Saturday.

Shah’s maiden ‘pad yatra’ (foot march) in the region, which goes to the polls in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on February 11, comes as the party looks to do well in the communally sensitive western UP and the neighbouring places, whose 140 assembly seats face polls on February 11 and 15.

BJP is looking at the the region as a stronghold.

It is locked in a keen triangular fight in the state involving SP-Congress combine and BSP.

While the party has maintained that its main rival is SP-Congress alliance, BSP has been traditionally strong in this region where Muslims are also present in large numbers.

The seven-phase polls will be held on February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, March 4 and 8. The results will come out on March 11.