While Varanasi is a contest of prestige, Gorakhpur is a battle for bastion and both will be watched keenly by pundits and commoners alike
Adityanath said due to foreign policy of the Modi-led dispensation at the Centre, India is globally known for its power.
The chief minister addressed rallies in Ballia, Bansgaon, Khajani, Hata and Doheriya on Tuesday, ahead of the seventh and final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections on May 19.
Adityanath said BJP's priority is to make India safe and strong with inclusive growth and women empowerment and take the country ahead at the global level.
Listing the 'good work' done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Adityanath said, 'Whatever welfare schemes we have implemented so far, we did not discriminate people in the name of caste and religion. These were implemented in the interest of the poor.'
The governments of the Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) were not concerned with development, whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked for women, the poor and farmers, Adityanath said.
'The BJP has nothing except hatred, and is spreading lies as it has realised that they are going to taste defeat.Their language has changed,' Yadav said at an election rally here.
Adityanath's remarks is reminiscent of Modi's comments at a rally before the 2017 assembly election in the state. The prime minister had said if people get electricity on Ramzan, they should also get electricity during Diwali.
While giving him 24 hours to reply to the notice, the poll panel cited a provision under the Model Code of Conduct which states that no activity should be carried out which may aggravate existing difference or create mutual hatred between communities.
He also said there is no 'dalali' in the BJP government and if funds are given under any scheme, they go straight to beneficiaries.
"In the five years of the Modi government, be it the issue of national security or internal security or the (economic) growth, development is being seen everywhere. No one is being allowed to play with the security of the country today," the chief minister said, addressing an election meeting in Pratapgarh.
The chief minister claimed that the security situation has improved in the country under the BJP.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have crime in their DNA, he said, while addressing an election meeting here in support of BJP's Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav 'Nirahua'.
The UP chief minister claimed that Congress wants to play with the security of 130 crore people of the country. The party in its election manifesto for the 2019 parliamentary elections, has promised to review the provisions of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and sedition law.
The accusation follows a complaint filed by Independent candidate Dhruv Lal in Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, from where Gandhi is fighting his fourth election, about alleged discrepancies in the Congress leader's election affidavit, including about non-disclosure of a company registered in the UK in the name of 'Raul Vinci'.
A BJP delegation including Union ministers J P Nadda, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and V K Singh also asked the EC to take action against Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu alleging that he tried to "spread hatred" with his speech in Bihar's Katihar constituency on Monday.
Adityanath visited the famous Hanuman Setu temple in Lucknow and offered prayers Tuesday, a day after the poll panel barred him from electioneering for three days for likening the ongoing Lok Sabha polls to a contest between 'Ali' and 'Bajrang Bali'.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi summoned a representative of the EC for Tuesday while agreeing to examine the poll panel's contention that it has limited legal powers to deal with hate speeches of politicians during electioneering.
Mayawati had on Saturday said her party wanted both Ali and Bajrang Bali -- particularly Bajrang Bali -- as the deity was "linked with my own Dalit caste".
Adityanath had compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between 'Ali', a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman.
In the 2014 elections, BJP had won from Western UP with a huge margin, mainly because of sharp polarization of the voterbase in the aftermath of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots
The chief minister will also participate in a road show before the nomination and later address an election meeting, BJP's Amethi media in-charge Govind Singh said.
Yogi Adityanath’s comments on the IUML could be with an aim to polarise voters on religious lines for electoral benefits.
The chief minister also asserted that the voters will reject the anti-BJP alliance comprising the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had tweeted that the Muslim League is a virus and the Congress was affected by it.