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PM Modi to visit UP’s Gorakhpur today to inaugurate 3 mega projects: Govt

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Gorakhpur: PM Narendra Modi will be in Uttar Pradesh yet again today to launch big projects ahead of the state polls next year, this time in Gorakhpur – among the most prominent cities of eastern UP and the homestead of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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In Gorakhpur, the Prime Minister will take part in the reopening ceremony of the city’s fertiliser factory that has been shut for close to three decades. PM Modi will also formally inaugurate a 300-bed AIIMS facility and a regional medical research centre that has a virus research and testing lab.

The government says the three projects together cost ₹ 10,000 crore and front page ads in all newspapers have announced the Prime Minister’s visit.

Purvanchal or eastern UP is a crucial region for the BJP with the state election early next year. The party won a majority of the region’s 150 plus seats in the 2017 polls but this time, Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party – the BJP’s main challenger. Mr Yadav has stitched together a rainbow coalition, including many eastern UP allies, one of them is Om Prakash Rajbhar of the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party who fought the 2017 polls as a BJP ally.

In Gorakhpur, the Prime Minister will address a gathering, a quasi-political event similar to those organised for his previous UP visits – the most recent ones being the inauguration of the Purvanchal Expressway in Sultanpur and the foundation stone ceremony of the Noida international airport.

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