Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday received Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Lucknow airport.
PM arrived in poll-bound UP to attend Dussehra Mahotsav at the Aishbagh Ramleela Ground.
Yesterday, rejecting Opposition's charge, BJP had said that PM Modi's visit to Lucknow had no "politics" or "hidden agenda".
"There is no politics or hidden agenda behind the prime minister's visit to the historic Dussehra Mela at Aishbagh ground tomorrow," BJP national vice president and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma had said.
"Ravan was the first terrorist and his effigy is burnt till this day... This is the feeling among countrymen, and the prime minister is coming here to commemorate it," he had added, as per PTI.
He had also said that it was a traditional event and was totally apolitical.
A patron of the Aishbagh Ramlila committee, Sharma had claimed that the committee had been sending invitations to Presidents and PMs but this was the first time a PM has accepted it.
Meanwhile, earlier yesterday, Akhilesh had said that PM Modi would have taken part in Ravan Vadh in Bihar had there been election there, while BSP president Mayawati had termed the visit as politically motivated.
(With Agency inputs)