Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s rath broke down after just one kilometer into his state-wide ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ campaign. Efforts are on to repair the hi-tech Mercedes Benz rath. Earlier on Thursday morning, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav flagged off his ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’. Before hitting the road, Akhilesh thanked Mulayam and said that time has come for the party to return to power. “I want to thank Mulayam Singh Yadav ji for flagging off the event,” the chief minister said, adding, “This UP election will change national politics.”
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“This is the time to again come to power. People have been scheming against our party but we did not move,” he added. He expressed happiness that the next generation is ready to carry forward the party ideology. Party state president Shivpal Yadav, who was also in attendance, extended his wishes to Akhilesh and expressed confidence in the party returning to power. “”I wish to extend my good wishes to Akhilesh and tell him that SP will come to power again in UP,” Shivpal said. He added that the party’s mission in Uttar Pradesh is to not allow the BJP to come into power.
Before the start of the event, two sets of party workers clashed at the venue. As the workers came to blows, a few were seen using the party flag to attack their opponents. As per reports, more than 3,000 vehicles will be a part of the Akhilesh’s cavalcade. This is the third such election campaign organised Akhilesh since 2001-2002 and this year’s event is important because of the growing rift within the party. The infighting among party leaders came to the fore after the chief minister sacked his uncle Shivpal from his Cabinet.