PM Modi has accepted an invitation sent by the Aishbagh Ram Leela Committee organisers, who are now gearing up for a massive buildup to the Ram Leela festivities.

“The PM’s itinerary is yet not official but we are expecting that he will be in Lucknow to witness the slaying of demon king Ravana at the hands of Rama, the annual ritual that marks the end of the Ram Leela signifying the end of 14 years of exile of the lord,’ a BJP leader said.

To mark the good over evil, the organizer wants Prime Minister Modi to play Rama and fire arrow at Ravana’s effigy.
The PM will land on Tuesday at Amausi airport at 6pm and reach the ground. He will take part in Manglacharan before addressing people. Besides the Union Home Minister and local MP, Rajnath

Singh, Governor Ram Naik and UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya will also attend the function

Prime Minister Modi Greets Nation On Vijaya Dashmi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted the nation on Vijaya Dashmi."Vijaya Dashmi greetings to you all," PM Modi said in a tweet.

Dussehra is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. People burn huge effigies of Ravana across the country on Vijaya Dashmi.

According to mythology, Lord Rama killed Ravana, the king of Lanka on this day.

Security Heightened Ahead Of PM Modi's Lucknow Visit

Security was heightened in this Uttar Pradesh capital on Tuesday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's participation in the Dussehra celebrations here, police said.

Other than deploying the companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Rapid Action Force (RAF), traffic was also diverted and security set in place for the high profile event taking place in the Aishbagh locality.

"Traffic diversions were put in place and commuters were informed in advance of the change in movement," an officer told IANS. Inspector General of Police (Lucknow) A. Satish Ganesh said that despite the security, every efforts was on to ensure that the citizen did not face any problem due to the extra precautions taken.

No Politics In PM Modi's Visit To Dussehra Mela, Says Dinesh Sharma

Rejecting Opposition's charge, the BJP said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Aishbagh Dussehra Mela here tomorrow has 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 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 said, adding it is a traditional event and is totally apolitical.

"This (Modi's visit) is indicative of his belief and regard towards the land of composite culture (Lucknow)", Sharma said. "The PM and people are aware Ravan was killed hundreds of years ago and it is celebrated every year. Then what has it to do with Uttar Pradesh elections which are next year," the BJP leader asked.

"Mayawati's party is facing desertion while the Samajwadi Party family is breaking up. I do not want to say this but their duty is to look after their parties first," he said. A patron of the Aishbagh Ramlila committee, Sharma claimed the committee has been sending invitations to Presidents and PMs but this is the first time a PM has accepted it and will come here.
He said the Ramlila ground, with seating capacity of 25000 people, is under the SPG control. Besides local police, central forces, a bomb disposal squad and RAF have also been deployed.

Akhilesh Yadav And Mayawati Dubs PM Modi Visit As Politically Motivated

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Lucknow to attend the Dussehra celebrations as politically motivated with an eye on the upcoming state assembly polls.

“What can I say about anyone going anywhere? We have to follow a protocol we will do it. I guess if elections were happening in Bihar then the Ravana would have been burnt there,” Akhilesh told a press conference.


Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati also yesterday dubbed Prime Minister’s Modi’s visit to Lucknow a political stunt.