Lucknow, Feb 11: In the high-stake Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, ultimately it's a fight between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. The contest is clearly between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, as the state voted for the first phase of UP polls on Saturday.
After completion of more than two years of governance at the Centre, the elections in the northern state, is seen as a referendum to PM Modi's popularity across the country. The incumbent CM of India's biggest state-- in terms of number of legislators--is looking forward to repeat his party's success story of UP assembly elections of 2012.
On one hand, it is PM Modi, who is also known as country's most popular chaiwallah (tea seller). Modi, during his childhood days sold tea at railway platforms of Gujarat, to financially assist his family. On the other is Akhilesh, who is UP's famous cyclewallah (cycle man). The cyclewallah avatar of the CM has become popular after Akhilesh was seen riding a cycle (party symbol of Samajwadi Party) during his poll rallies.
On Saturday, while urging people of UP to cast their vote for development, Akhilesh tweeted a cartoon of himself, riding a cycle.
उत्तर प्रदेश के विकास में भागीदार बनें । विकास के लिए मतदान करें pic.twitter.com/eDqRk1enzf— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) February 11, 2017
Prime Minister also asked voters of the state to participate in the democratic process of election in a big way.
आज उत्तर प्रदेश में पहले चरण का मतदान है। सभी मतदाता लोकतंत्र के इस महापर्व में भाग लें और भारी संख्या में मतदान करें।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 11, 2017