The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh will today roll out their mega ‘Rath Yatra’ in the state capital, Lucknow. The three-hour road show will commence with the two youth icons addressing the media which is scheduled to take off at 2pm. This first appearance is much appreciated by the people, who can be seen sloganeering ‘UP to Yeh Saath Pasand Hai’-their tag line which translates to UP relishes this alliance between Samajwadi Party President, Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice-President, Rahul Gandhi.
The yatra will begin from the Lucknow’s GPO Park near the Mahatma Gandhi statue and end at Ghantaghar, covering a total of 6 kilometres. It will pass through the most thickly populated areas of the city, among those are Aminabad and Hazratganj. This rally will also mark the beginning of the joint campaign for the upcoming 2017 General Elections, the voting for which will start on February 11.
The two sides are looking forward to gauge the minds of the people towards their coming together. Work has been expedited on joint rallies and the two dynamic leaders are likely to address 14 joint rallies as part of the campaign. They are likely to be joined by Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at select places.
This full throttle launch to the joint campaign is being propelled by the party seniors. “The Akhilesh-Rahul show is aimed at removing confusion and promote mutual confidence to make it a smooth and long-lasting friendship,” says a UP Congress leader. It’s for the first time that the Congress and SP are having pre-poll alliance to ensure a fierce three-cornered contest in UP.
Another catchphrase making the rounds was “Apney ladkey, Modi Bahaari” (our home boys vs Modi the outsider), but sources said Akhilesh Yadav was not sold on the slogan because of its emphasis on a direct contest with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi represents Uttar Pradesh’s ancient and holy town of Varanasi in parliament and the “outsider” charge may have been a tough sell.