Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays foundation for AIIMS hospital and a key fertilizer plant, which was defunct for few decades, in Gorakhpur in east UP.
He is about to address a rally in Gorakhpur. Senior BJP MPs and ministers, Kalraj Mishra, Piyush Goyal, Yogi Adityanath are on stage.
To heal Dalits, Mr. Modi will take the development route and his speech is expected to appease them.
The Samajwadi party government and the NDA government have been in a war of words over the credit for AIIMS hospital in the run up.
In the last 30 years, over 50,000 children have died due to diseases like Japanese encephalitis in the region, Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath says, hailing the new AIIMS.
In December, 2015, CM Akhilesh Yadav had written to Mr. Modi to grant necessary approvals on a priority basis for the setting up the AIIMS.
AIIMS has been a long-held demand of the Purvanchal region, plagued by disease, poverty and migration.