In what can be an apparent indication that Samajwadi Party and Yadav’s family feud has not yet ended, clashes broke out between groups of Samajwadi Party workers at the venue of UP Chief Minister’s ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ on Thursday.
According to media reports, over 3, 000 vehicles, mostly SUVs, would be part of the yatra. All roads leading to the venue – La Martiniere College ground – have been decorated with banners and were choked with people and vehicles on Thursday morning.
“Netaji (Mulayam) with other senior party leaders would flag off the ‘rath yatra’,” the chief minister’s close aide, Rajendra Chowdhary, told english newspaper HT on Wednesday.
Party MLC Sunil Yadav Sajan, who is also incharge of first leg of the yatra, told a news agency that at every second kilometre, the CM will be welcomed and he will also address gatherings at various locations. All schools on the yatra route are closed in view of the large turnout expected for the event.
Two huge receptions have been planned in the state capital one in Gomti Nagar and another one near the Chaudhary Charan Singh airport. Apart from that, Akhilesh would address several public meetings along the route. The ruling party is all set to celebrate its silver jubilee on November 5.
Traffic police have been put on standby to handle the large volumes of traffic on Thursday, as thousands of vehicles are likely to join the yatra.
While the red-colour Mercedes bus has the images of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, chief minister himself, socialist ideologues Jayaprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and Jnaneshwar Mishra, his uncle Shivpal’s picture is seen neither on the vehicle nor elsewhere.
According to HT report, the bus also has pictures of the flagship schemes of the state government — Agra-Lucknow Expressway, Free Laptop Scheme and 1090 Women helpline.
The 37-foot-long and 15-foot tall bus has all the facilities like Wi-Fi connection, telephone connectivity, a small wash room, a mini-war room and a motorised platform, which will be propelled up by a hydraulic shaft that will bring Akhilesh out of the bus, face to face with the people.