Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday set off for his 'Vikas Rath Yatra’ after it was flagged off by his father and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Shivpal Yadav was also present at the flag off event to send a message of unity in the ruling party.
“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 on Wednesday.
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"Mai Akhilesh Yadav ko bhi shubh kaamnae dena chahata hu ki SP ki sarkar UP mei aaye" says Shivpal Yadav at “Vikas Rath Yatra” function pic.twitter.com/it5tqcoKdR— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 3, 2016
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SP workers clash at the venue of “Vikas Rath Yatra” function in Lucknow, workers injured in the scuffle. pic.twitter.com/XgEuQZS3hz— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 3, 2016
SP workers clash at the venue of “Vikas Rath Yatra” function in Lucknow pic.twitter.com/oiXUCaHY2X— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 3, 2016
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UP CM Akhilesh Yadav to begin his “Vikas Rath Yatra” from Lucknow pic.twitter.com/6CWGxnTIlx— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 3, 2016
विकास से विजय की ओर... बढ़ते रहेंगे प्रगति के पहिये... समाजवादी विकास रथ-यात्रा pic.twitter.com/XOpDVN8Uqp— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) November 1, 2016
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 here.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.
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.
The pro-CM camp, which has expelled SP leaders, is working overtime to make it one of the biggest political shows of recent times, coming close on the heels of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s month-long Deoria-to-Delhi ‘kisan yatra’.
Another gala event is scheduled for Saturday to mark SP’s silver jubilee.
(With PTI Inputs)