New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi, who has skipped the BJP`s poll campaign in Punjab and
Uttarakhand, will drum up support for the party in Uttar
"Yes, he will participate in election campaign of BJP in
Uttar Pradesh..the dates are being finalised," BJP vice
president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters on Friday in reply to
Modi has stayed away from the party`s poll campaign in
Punjab and Uttarakhand and has so far remained silent on
campaigning for the party in Uttar Pradesh.
When asked whether the party has taken Modi`s consent on
his campaign in UP, Naqvi said, "We have talked to him."
Admitting that the party needed him in its poll campaign,
the BJP leader said certain developments in Gujarat had kept
the firebrand chief minister preoccupied in his home state due
to which he could not campaign for the party so far in the
Earlier, senior BJP leader LK Advani had remained non-
committal on whether Modi would campaign in Uttar Pradesh or
not. The two leaders are reported to be having differences
over certain issues ever since the party`s national executive
meeting in Delhi last year, but the two shared the stage and
praised each other during Advani`s Jan Chetna Yatra ahead of
the Winter session of Parliament.
The second phase of the seven phase Assembly elections
in Uttar Pradesh will be held tomorrow.