On March 4, PM Modi will campaign in Jaunpur, before returning to his constituency Varanasi where he will address public meetings, as the other part of the eastern UP will vote.
In what is seen as a logistics nightmare for the local administration, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav will hold a joint roadshow, which was postponed twice, in Varanasi on Saturday. Ms Mayawati will also address a public rally in Varanasi on the same day at Rohania, about 400 km from Varanasi.
The SP-Congress combine has also shifted its focus to Varanasi and its campaign strategist Prashant Kishor and his team members are busy crafting Varanasi area-specific strategy. Targetting the BJP, the SP-Congress has launched a "Dard-e-Banaras" campaign highlighting the disillusionment among the electorate over PM Modi's "false promises and no delivery".
BJP chief Amit Shah, who has been making frequent trips to the hot seat Varanasi, is camping in the city to chalk out the strategy for the party which has a lot at stake in the last two phases of polling.
According to BJP, this is the first time that the party has set up a new media centre near Chawka Ghat in Varanasi, where at least one Union minister addressed media every day to highlight achievements of the Modi government, the party's manifesto.
BSP chief Mayawati is also touring these constituencies addressing three to four election rallies a day.
Votes for all rounds of the UP elections and polling held in four other states will be counted on March 11.
(with inputs from PTI)
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