LUCKNOW, Jan. 21 -- Newly-elected BJP chief JP Nadda and his predecessor Amit Shah, the union home minister, will hold rallies in Uttar Pradesh this week, in what is being seen by political observers as an indication of the party's continued focus on the most populous state.

While Shah will hold a rally in Lucknow's Ram Katha Park on Tuesday to drum up support for the new citizenship law, Nadda will be in Agra on Thursday for identical purposes. Defence minister Rajnath Singh and union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari, both former BJP chiefs, are also scheduled to hold rallies in UP. Nadda's term will last until 2022 when UP goes to the polls.

"His political rally in Agra would reveal his blueprint for UP as well as the country. Unde...