Noida has been a no-go zone for UP chief ministers, owing to the widespread belief that whoever visits the city falls from power. But Adityanath is set to arrive in Noida with PM Narendra Modi on December 25 to attend the inauguration of the Magenta line Metro.
From being a cluster of small villages and farmlands, Noida has transformed into a throbbing urban centre. But something has remained unchanged over the years — Noida, or the Gautam Budh Nagar district, is a no-go zone for UP chief ministers. It is widely held that whoever visits the area falls from power.
But the time has arrived to break the famous "Noida jinx”.
So, according to sources, UP CM Yogi Adityanath will arrive in Noida with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25 to attend the inauguration of the Magenta line Metro from Botanical Garden to Kalkaji Mandir.
Adityanath’s predecessor, Akhilesh Yadav, stayed away from Noida during his five-year term, much like his father Mulayam Singh. Even BJP’s Kalyan Singh and Rajnath Singh had done the same.
In fact, the former CM — considered the modern face of Samajwadi Party — used video links to inaugurate or launch projects in Noida, which emerged as the residential hub for the middle class out of Delhi.
The so-called “Noida jinx” took root after former chief minister Vir Bahadur Singh had to step down in June 1988, a few days after he returned from Noida.
“We hope Yogi Adityanath will break this jinx and visit Noida. The chief minister should prove that he does not believe in such superstitions and that he is a modern-age leader,” hoped Suman Srivastava, a resident of Sector 75.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati tried to break the jinx, but ended up confirming it. As chief minister, she visited Noida at least four times, but when she lost the 2012 Assembly elections, Noida was squarely blamed.
Earlier, in 1989, ND Tiwari, who had defected to the BJP from Congress, and 10 years later, in 1999, Kalyan Singh, known for his role in the Babri Masjid demolition, suffered the same fate.
In 1995, Mulayam Singh Yadav was out of power within months of his Noida visit.
In August 2012, Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated the Yamuna Expressway from Lucknow and avoided travelling to Noida. The following year, he inaugurated infrastructure projects in GB Nagar without visiting the city.