Akhilesh Yadav had defeated the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samajwadi Party in the 2012 assembly elections, just a year after Mayawati ventured to Noida. She had been the first chief minister in over two decades to have visited the satellite city near Delhi, perpetuating the superstition that a visit to the state's IT hub would cost the state's political executive their job.
"I believed in the jinx. It's good that both - the chief minister and the prime minister - visited there, now its impact is to be seen," Akhilesh Yadav said.
Mr Yadav seemed to suggest that the "jinx" was already working."I saw in pictures that he (Yogi) could not flag off or press the button to start metro services," the SP chief said.
Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister hadn't let superstition stand in the way when he arrived in Noida last month for the inauguration of Delhi Metro's new Magenta Line. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had heaped praise on the monk-politician for having braved the "jinx", asserting that faith is important but blind faith wasn't desirable.
In 2002, Rajnath Singh, as Chief Minister, inaugurated a flyover linking Noida and Delhi - but ensured that he stayed on Delhi's side of the border.
Akhilesh Yadav, who was determined not to repeat Ms Mayawati's mistake, had even skipped two mega events in the town including the foundation stone of a Delhi-Meerut Expressway that was attended by PM Narendra Modi. Mr Yadav, asked why he avoided travelling to Noida, had promised to make the visit after his re-election in the assembly election.
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