To woo the electorate Akhilesh Yadav plans Samajwadi Rath Yatra

In its bid to regain power in the state that goes to the polls in 2017, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will soon set on a Samajwadi Rath Yatra to woo the electorate
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav talks to press after a cabinet meeting in Lucknow, on June 23, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will set out on a ‘Samajwadi Rath Yatra’ across the state in September as part of his party’s re-election bid next year.

The ‘chariot ride’, which he will take in a special van, would allow Akhilesh to make mass contact with people in all parts of the state and highlight the achievements of the government, a Samajwadi Party (SP) strategist said . Assembly elections are due in the state early next year.

The entire programme is being chalked out by a young team of party leaders that is coordinating with the chief minister’s secretariat for dates and other logistical support, including security.

A meeting of the party’s youth wing has been convened on July 13-14, which, other than taking stock of party’s preparedness for the polls at the booth level, will also decide the route of the ‘Samajwadi Rath Yatra’.

Akhilesh had also held a state-wide ‘rath yatra’ ahead of 2012 assembly elections in which his party had won a clear majority, enabling him to become the youngest chief minister of the state.