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Demonetisation Could Negatively Impact BJP's Performance In UP Polls, Warn Party MPs

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15/12/2016 10:33 PM IST | Updated 15/12/2016 11:11 PM IST
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A supporter of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister, wears a mask depicting Modi before the start of a rally in Hiranagar March 26, 2014.

More than two dozen lawmakers from the Bharatiya Janata Party have told BJP president Amit Shah that the government's demonetisation move could have serious repercussions on the upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls, reported The Hindustan Times.

The MPs reportedly told Shah that demonetisation could negatively impact the party's popularity in UP, reducing the approval it had received after the Indian Army's "surgical strikes" at the India Pakistan border in September, during a dinner hosted at home minister Rajnath Singh's Delhi residence, reported HT.

The upcoming election in UP will be crucial for the Modi government. Several of its top leaders, including PM Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh, women & child development minister Maneka Gandhi, won from Lok Sabha constituencies in UP in 2014 and a win in the state elections of the key north Indian state will boost the BJP's campaign for the 2019 national elections.

Members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have also found similar concerns discussed in a meeting with several industrialists. This was reportedly discussed in a BJP-RSS coordination meeting in Lucknow.

An unnamed RSS leader told the newspaper that villagers in UP weren't enthusiastic about the Modi government's push towards a cashless economy and digital payment structures.

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