1. Akhilesh Yadav to embark on Vikas Rath Yatra today; will uncle Shivpal and Netaji be a part of it?

Akhilesh Yadav to embark on Vikas Rath Yatra today; will uncle Shivpal and Netaji be a part of it?

The 'Vikas Rath Yatra' is all set to be flagged off from Lucknow today is organised to convey a message of unity in the ruling party and to discuss the agenda of development and other social welfare schemes ahead of the UP Elections.

By: | Updated: November 3, 2016 8:34 AM
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party Vikash Rath at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's residence in Lucknow on Tuesday. Rath Yatra begins from November 3. PTI Photo by Nand Kumar(PTI11_1_2016_000166B) Lucknow: Samajwadi Party Vikash Rath at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s residence in Lucknow on Tuesday. Rath Yatra begins from November 3.(PTI)

The countdown for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s Rath Yatra’s has started. The ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ is all set to be flagged off from Lucknow today is organised to convey a message of unity in the ruling party and to discuss the agenda of development and other social welfare schemes ahead of the UP Elections.

Amidst the ongoing family feud within Samajwadi Party, he would also talk about his attempts to change the perception about his party in the past i.e. being “anti-English and anti-computers”. He would talk about how he launched English medium government primary schools and not to mention his close to heart, laptop distribution scheme.

“All arrangements have been made. The yatra will be flagged off by ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam) and senior party leaders, party state president Shivpal Yadav will also remain present,” MLC Sunil Yadav Sajan, who is close to Akhilesh, told PTI. Sajan, who is also incharge of first leg of the yatra, said at every second kilometre, the CM will be welcomed and he will also address gatherings at various locations.

However, when Shivpal was specifically asked whether he would be present at the rath yatra flagging off event, he ducked the question adding to the suspense. “I am engaged in preparations for silver jubilee celebrations. If there is yatra on November 3, there is silver jubilee show on November 5,” he said, leaving everyone guessing about his participation.

“It depends on to what extent Akhilesh is able to convince his father Mulayam to attend the yatra,” an SP leader said.

The supporters of both Akhilesh and Shivpal factions are keeping an eye on the development and the entire route of yatra is dotted with hoardings, banners and colourful arches to welcome the ‘Vikas Sey Vijay Tak‘ rath yatra starting from Lucknow. A cavalcade of over 5,000 SUVs and trucks will seek to send a message to the party leadership that 43-year-old Akhilesh is the “most acceptable” face of SP.

Moreover, sources have it that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister will take a break in Lucknow on November 5 to celebrate the silver jubilee of Samajwadi Party.  A hoarding put up by a youth leader close to Shivpal says “Shivpal kahey dil se, Akhilesh ka abhishek phir se” (Shivpal says from his heart to make Akhilesh CM again), while some others only highlight Akhilesh’s achievements.

“The hoardings put up by the leaders show the state of confusion in the party. It’s visible on roads. We wish this confusion to end with the start of this yatra,” a senior SP leader said.

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