Planning to celebrate the 76th birthday of Mulayam Singh Yadav in over 50,000 villages of Uttar Pradesh on the instructions of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is turning out to be a litmus test for the ruling Samajwadi Party and its cadre.
Mulayam’s birthday falls on November 22. The party has galvanised its workers for the task of organising celebrations across the state. Individual responsibilities have been fixed while sitting legislators and those aspiring for party ticket in the 2017 Assembly polls have additional responsibilities to conduct the programme in every village of their constituency. Compliance report for successful conduct of the programme has to be submitted at state office, which will be verified.
Akhilesh has asked party leaders to celebrate Mulayam’s birthday on a grand scale in every village at a public place with decorations, distribution of sweets to children and also reading out chapters on the SP chief’s political journey “to inspire” the youth.
The ruling party also plans to utilise the opportunity for disseminating information about the achievements of Akhilesh’s government. Booklets highlighting the welfare schemes launched by the Akhilesh government have already been dispatched from party office to every district.
“It is indeed a great task and the first time even when every village will the celebrate birthday of Netaji (Mulayam). We have drawn a duty chart for accomplishing the task,” Arvind Singh Gope, cabinet minister and state general secretary SP told The Indian Express.
Gope informed that meetings have been held with district level units with all office bearers and senior leaders. Thereafter, party MLAs and those who are aspirants for SP tickets for the 169 Assembly seats, which the party lost in 2012 Assembly polls, have been given added responsibilities. They have already held meetings with party’s Vidhan Sabha units explaining them about the programme. The Vidhan Sabha units in turn have held meetings with booth committees. Every booth committee has been instructed to organise the programme in their villages. Vidhan Sabha unit will conduct random checks and submit its report to the local MLA or other leader who will also conduct surprise check at their end. The report will be submitted to district unit, which will also recheck the programme.
“We have asked for the duty list of the SP leaders in every district and it has already arrived. We have also asked for the compliance report from every district. It is a big day for us and also a good opportunity to show case our achievements in every village and also galvanise our booth level workers,” Gope said.
The party is also holding a grand event at Mulayam’s native place Saifai. Nearly one lakh people will attend the event.