To step up its already aggressive poll campaign, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has decided to hold two meetings each of its president Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in every Lok Sabha constituency in UP.
Sources in the party said, a senior SP leader will camp for two days in every Lok Sabha constituency while meetings of other party leaders will also be held as per the request of local units. The meetings are expected to begin after Holi.
The party, which has already held 10 rallies since October last year, has asked its local units to finalise the place and dates for holding meetings of Akhilesh and Mulayam.
Akhiles, who is also the state president of SP, had earlier said that his party was way ahead in declaring candidates and campaigning.””We have already held massive rallies. Our election campaign is on right track while other parties are yet to declare their candidates”” Akhilesh said while releasing the advertisement campaign of the party.
Relying on his trusted aides, Akhilesh also has shortlisted few youth leaders who have been entrusted with the responsibility of doing the ground work and giving feedback to him about candidates’ strengths. Unlike, the 2012 Assembly polls, Akhilesh has not yet decided to ride the Kranti Rath in Lok Sabha polls.
Sources claimed that SP also has decided to hire four helicopters for ferrying senior party leaders for campaigning. Senior party leaders such as Azam Khan, Ramgopal Yadav and Shivpal Yadav too have been asked to remain available for the rallies. Azam is expected to accompany Mulayam in Muslim dominated areas.
With an eye on caste equations, leaders from Most Backward Classes (MBC) have also been alerted for touring the state. SP is pinning its hope on the 17 MBCs for which it is demanding scheduled caste status. Organisations such as such as Pasmanda Muslim Samaj (PMS), which usually support SP, too have been asked to intensify their activities. Already a meeting of PMS was held Tuesday, which was briefed by minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati.