Noida, a city famed for residential societies and business companies, is also home to an intriguing "political superstition." The "Noida jinx" is a superstitious belief among Uttar Pradesh's political parties and chief ministers that anyone who visits Noida while serving as chief minister would lose the next election.

Akhilesh Yadav, the chief of the Samajwadi Party, is set to visit the Gautam Buddha Nagar district for the first time in many years on Thursday - a decision that appears to be a response to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's claim that Yadav fears visiting the area.

What is the Noida Jinx?

Two chief ministers, Vir Bahadur Singh and ND Tiwari were elected in the late 1980s. After visiting Noida, they lost their employment. Bahadur Singh had to resign a few days after returning from the city in June 1988. "Noida was a cash-rich cow and administrators sought to keep netas away from it," a top bureaucrat previously told News18. That's how the legend of the Noida Jinx was founded and spread."

During his time as chief minister from 2012 to 2017, Yadav avoided visiting Noida. Adityanath had sneered at the SP leader for avoiding Noida, claiming that "their personal life and position of power was more important than the people of the district" when in office as chief minister. CM Yogi Adityanath, on the other hand, has debunked superstitions and visited the area several times, the most recent being in January when he inspected the Covid-19 issue in Greater Noida. In 2018, Akhilesh Yadav predicted that the "Noida Jinx's" impact will be felt in the next years, pointing to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's visit at the time.

PM Modi answered by expressing his delight that Adityanath had visited Noida. "I am overjoyed. Few people say that CM Yogi Adityanath is not modern enough' because of his attire, yet it is Yogi Adityanath Ji who has done what no other UP CM has done: he has come to Noida.

CM Yogi Adityanath, on the other hand, has debunked superstitions and visited the area several times, the most recent being in January when he inspected the Covid-19 issue in Greater Noida. In 2018, Yadav predicted that the "Noida Jinx's" impact will be felt in the next years, pointing to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's visit at the time.