Leaving aside the much-publicised fight within the first Samajwadi Party family in Uttar Pradesh during the past two months, the Samajwadi Vikas Rath...
Leaving aside the much-publicised fight within the first Samajwadi Party family in Uttar Pradesh during the past two months, the Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is all set to be flagged off on November 3 by party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, to put up an united face. The yatra would be followed by the silver jubilee foundation day of the party here, at Janeshwar Mishra Park on November 5. However, though Mr Mulayam would be its chief guest, but Shivpal Singh Yadav, the state party president and younger brother of the SP supremo, has not found any place in the posters and banners put up in the state capital for the Rath Yatra. Putting all speculations to rest, Mr Shivpal had recently said that he would attend the function as it was a party event.
Mr Mulayam had also confirmed his presence at the function, while addressing the mediapersons recently. The customised chariot, named Samajwadi Vikas Rath by none other than the SP chief himself, is being given the finishing touches after an approval of its interiors by Mr Akhilesh himself. The yatra will start from La Martiniere College Ground in Lucknow on November 3 at 0900 hrs and finish at Shuklaganj in neighbouring Unnao by 1600 hrs. Its second leg will begin from Kanpur after the party's silver jubilee function on November 5. The entire road, where the yatra will be taken out, has been decked up in bridal colours of red and green, with banners, posters and big hoardings, carrying photographs of Mulayam, Akhilesh and his wife Dimple Yadav, adorning the stretch. The Vikash Rath, aiming to highlight the four-and-a-half-year-old developmental-oriented SP government, is fitted with all modern facilities, apart from Wi-Fi connectivity and a mini CM office.
The vehicle has been equipped with a hydraulic platform that will rise through the sun roof of the bus, from which Akhilesh will address people. Apart from huge LED screens fitted on the outside, the rath will have a coat of red and green paint- the party's colours and huge photographs of senior party leaders, including Mulayam and Akhilesh. The history of taking out rath yatra in SP dates back to 1988-89, when Mulayam undertook the 'Kranti yatra' across UP, targeting the Congress. He had used a motorised 'rath' that was gifted to him by late deputy prime minister Devi Lal. In 2011, Akhilesh had embarked on a similar journey on board his 'Kranti Rath' to travel the length and breadth of the state, addressing hundreds of public meetings over a period of five months and the move eventually secured the SP an unprecedented victory in the Assembly polls with a win of 224 seats. The party hopes to repeat the magic with the Vikas Rath.