In Pics: Akhilesh Yadav launches first phase of ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’
The flagging off event saw, for the first time, nearly all of the Yadav Parivar together on stage before the bright red Mercedes Benz ‘rath’ was flagged off.india Updated: Nov 03, 2016 15:10 IST
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav flagged off UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ in the presence of state party chief Shivpal Yadav in Lucknow, seeking to project a united face after a bitter public power struggle that threatened to derail the party’s Assembly poll campaign.
“Akhilesh ko hum shubhkamna detey hain (I wish him well),” Shivpal said, speaking at the La Martinere grounds, the flag off venue. “Vikas sey vijay ki aur yatra” will send a message of unity across the state and halt BJP in its tracks, the SP patriarch said, adding that the party will win by a huge margin in the upcoming polls.
The flagging off event saw, for the first time, almost all of the Yadav Parivar together on stage before the bright red Mercedes Benz ‘rath’ was flagged off. Barely a kilometre into the journey, however, the vehicle developed a technical snag and Akhilesh had to resume the yatra in an SUV car.