‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ to be flagged today
Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh chief minister is all set to embark on a Vikas Rath Yatra on Thursdaywhich will be flagged off by the Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow. With this, it seems that preps are now its peak for the big fight in UP.
“Netaji (Mulayam) with some other senior party leaders would further flag off the rath yatra,” the chief minister’s close aide, Rajendra Chowdhary.
According to Mr. Chowdhary, over 3,000 vehicles, mostly the SUVs, would be part of this entourage.
All roads which lead to the venue – La Martiniere College ground – have been decorated with the banners and were choked with people and vehicles on Thursday morning.
This is Akhilesh Yadav’s third ‘yatra’ since 2001-2002 but at that time he has also covered the constituencies that too on a cycle, for which he also holds a record, as per Chowdhary.
Billed as ‘Vikas se Vijay tak’ (from development to victory), the ‘rath yatra’ would start at 9am from La Martiniere College ground for Unnao, which is around 55 kilometres from Lucknow.
Apart from two huge receptions that have been planned in the state capital – one in Gomti Nagar and another one near the Chaudhary Charan Singh airport — the chief minister would address several public meetings along the route.
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For this yatra traffic police have been put on standby in order to handle the large volumes of traffic on Thursday, as thousands of vehicles are likely to join the yatra.
Moreover, since the yatra is now happening amid a power struggle between Mulayam-Shivpal on one side and Akhilesh and some of the young leaders on the other, a major show of strength is lately on the cards, which is all set to lead a huge chaos.
A red-colour Mercedes bus has been prepared for this yatra which has the images of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, the chief minister himself, socialist ideologues Jayaprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and Jnaneshwar Mishra, his uncle Shivpal’s picture is seen neither on the vehicle nor elsewhere.