Saifai Mahotsav, the annual gala event of the Samajwadi Party known for its celebrity line-up, is not likely to be held this year.
The president of the organising committee, Dharmendra Yadav, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s nephew and a party MP from Badaun, reasoned that campaigning for the Assembly polls are coinciding with the Mahotsav dates. He said, “There are some problems in holding the event this year as Assembly elections are due in February. Members of the committee, who all are political leaders, are busy in elections.”
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Sources claimed that the ruling family is wary of holding the event this year in wake of the family feud. According to a source, Mulayam does not want the feud playing out in public during the Mahotsav.
A final decision on the issue will be taken when members of the organising committee assemble to observe the death anniversary of Mulayam’s nephew Ranveer Singh in Saifai on November 13. The Mahotsav is organised in the memory of Ranveer Singh, who died in 2002, in Saifai, Mulayam’s native village in in Etawah district.
Last year, the Mahotsav was held for 17 days, from December 26 to January 11, with several Bollywood stars performing at the event — Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, among others. Saifai Mahotsav is the biggest rural show in Uttar Pradesh, with more than 3 lakh people in attendance every year.
Vedvrat Gupta, a member of the organising group, said, “We have not been given any instructions so far.”
An SP leader said, “We need to start preparations a month before start of the two-week long Mahotsav. But, everyone is busy preparing for the elections. There are little chances of the event taking place this year.”