SP PRESIDENT Mulayam Singh Yadav has decided to launch his party’s campaign for the 2017 Assembly elections from eastern UP’s Azamgarh — his Lok Sabha constituency — on October 7.
The party has already started preparations to make the rally a grand affair by mobilising workers from the entire eastern UP.
Mulayam’s decision to start the campaign from eastern UP is significant as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too is set to kick off his ‘Kisan Yatra’ on Tuesday from Deoria — another eastern UP district touching the Bihar border. Last month, Congress president Sonia Gandhi held a roadshow in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, which is also in the same region.
BSP chief Mayawati addressed a rally on August 28 in Azamgarh — a district with a significant Muslim population — where she raised the issue of a separate state of Poorvanchal. Mayawati’s Sunday’s rally was in Allahabad, which is also considered part of eastern UP.
“The first public meeting of SP will be organised in Azamgarh division on October 7. It will be a mega rally,” said SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary. Asked why Azamgarh was chosen, he said: “The campaign had to be started somewhere. Azamgarh was selected randomly.”