The three-day national convention of Samajwadi Party in Lucknow will be high on technology and grandeur with the party planning to set up giant LED screens across the city that will beam a documentary on party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s political journey. The SP leadership has also planned to webcast the entire convention on party’s website to boost the morale of the cadres. Mobile vans with screens for digital video display will also be used so that the story of Mulayam’s life is seen by the city’s residents.
The convention will be held from October 8 to 10 at Lucknow’s Janeshwar Mishra Park.
Sources said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has personally asked his team to make the documentary with video recordings of Mulayam’s political meetings which he addressed during his early political career. Special video footage of Kranti Rath on which Mulayam toured the state in 1987 too has been arranged from the archives and will be telecast during the convention.
The documentary will show how Mulayam went on to become the chief minister of UP for the first time in 1989, and him sharing the stage with then Janata Dal stalwarts like Choudhary Devi Lal, former Prime Ministers V P Singh and Chandrashekhar.
Old footage of Mulayam when he was member of Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Party and later Janata Dal is also being digitised so that it could be shown during the event.
The party said that Mulayam’s documentary will help inspire SP workers “as many have forgotten the hardships faced by the Netaji while building the party from scratch”.
During the earlier national conventions of the party, stalwarts like Janeshwar Mishra, Brijbhushan Tiwari, Mohan Singh used to share the dais with Mulayam and other SP leaders to present a big socialist family. However, with their demise, party sources said, the onus is on Mulayam this time to inspire the cadres by highlighting his early days of political struggle.
The party convention has always remained an affair controlled by Mulayam where political and economic resolutions prepared by Mulayam’s cousin and Rajya Sabha MP Ramgopal Yadav and speeches by leaders depicting their loyalty towards Mulayam are constant features.
Meanwhile, SP workers are excited about the event and have painted Lucknow in party colour with hoardings installed in every nook and corner. Each hoarding prominently carries the pictures of SP workers to showcase their loyalty to the leadership. At the venue, two separate water-proof enclosures have been set up — one where the dais has been erected and the other where party leaders and workers will have food.
The menu include items from south India, Maharashtra etc. Almost every hotel in Lucknow has been booked for the party leaders’ stay. Senior SP leaders have been given separate responsibility for managing accommodation, fooding, transportation and other logistics during the event. After the BSNL refused to provide Internet facilities, the party has asked a private operator to provide the facility.