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Yatra galore in poll-bound UP

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

It is yatra galore in as major political parties vie with each other to catch the voters' eyes ahead of the crucial Assembly elections due early near year.

With ruling Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Yatra already criss-crossing the state and leader traversing from Deoria to to woo farmers through his Kisan Yatra, today unfolded plans to take out four 'parivrtan yatras" beginning November 5 from different parts of the state.

"The yatras which start from November 5 will culminate with a 'sabha' in Lucknow on the eve of 92nd birthday of former Prime Minister on December 24," state chief Keshav Prasad said.

The yatras will start from Saharanpur, Lalitpur, Sonebhadra and Ballia and cover all parts of the state. They will be flagged off by senior leaders, including party chief

After the culmination of his Kisan Yatra in two phases, the Vice President has planned "Rahul Yatra".

It is a "massive" 'jan jagaran abhiyan' (public awareness campaign) to reach out to farmers, a local leader said.

During his 25-day march from Deoria in eastern UP, the leader connected with around 25,000 households per block in a do-or-die effort to regain lost moorings in state politics.

The second phase of Samajwadi Party's "Mulayam

Yatra" has covered 39 assembly constituencies in western

"The purpose of this yatra is to inform the public that the Samajwadi Party government in has fulfilled all the promises it made in its election manifesto," a senior SP leader said.

The first phase of the yatra, from September 10 to 20, was launched from Lucknow and covered 73 assembly seats.

The Yatra would cover all the 403 assembly seats in the next two phases.

A hi-tech vehicle is being used in 'Mulayam's Rath'.

The modified bus has WiFi, makeshift stage with a podium that rises with the help of a lift whenever a leader has to address a gathering, a state-of-art interiors with generator backup for campaigning during evening light.

Rahul too used a similar vehicle during his roadshows.

Another yatra -- Dhamma Chetna Yatra -- will conclude at Kanpur tomorrow at an event which will witness large presence of Dalits who have converted to Buddhism, seen as yet another attempt by the party to reach out to the community in poll-bound

chief will attend the closing ceremony of the six-month long Dhamma Chetna Yatra and felicitate 110 monks at the event.

Kanpur chief Surendra Maithani said the Yatra is, however, not related to the upcoming elections in the state.

First Published: Thu, October 13 2016. 22:57 IST