The Samajwadi Party on Thursday announced a ‘Mulayam Sandesh yatra’ from Saturday, covering east UP, Bundelkhand and west UP in two phases, to inform people about the achievements of the Akhilesh Yadav government.
Talking to mediapersons, SP vice-president and MP Kiranmay Nanda said the yatra would be flagged off by the chief minister from party headquarters in Lucknow on September 10, and would cover Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi and Allahabad in 10 days. He said the second phase would be kicked off by the SP national president from Delhi on September 25, and travel through west UP before culminating in Sitapur on September 30.
SP candidates, district officebearers, Assembly segments and booths will participate in the yatra, which will highlight 29 schemes of the state government, such as the distribution of laptops to students, construction of the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, the metro project in Lucknow city and Kanya Vidhya Dhan. Nanda said the ruling government had not only fulfilled the promises it made in its 2012 manifesto, but also done several things which were not part of the manifesto.
Answering a question, Nanda said the yatra was named for Mulayam and not Akhilesh because the former is the party president. He said Mulayam had started the campaign in 2012, after which Akhilesh became the CM, and the same will happen this time as well.
Nanda said no other party has a CM candidate like Akhilesh, “who has no taint on him”. Dismissing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s khaat sabha in east UP, he said that the party had been eliminated across India, and could do nothing in the state.