Akhilesh Yadav’s royal ‘rath’ breaks down, gets trolled on Twitter

An insight into Akhilesh Yadav’s vehicle for his ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ and its break down on social media.

india Updated: Nov 05, 2016 14:36 IST
Sahiba Chawdhary
Sahiba Chawdhary
Hindustan Times
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A hi-tech Mercedes Benz bus has been turned into Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's ‘Vikas Rath’. (Ashok Dutta / HT Photo)

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s royal ‘rath’ is probably the most talked about vehicle in politics today.

The modern-day chariot is a bright red Mercedes Benz bus, with its exteriors displaying Samajwadi Party’s flagship schemes and Akhilesh on a bicycle, the party’s election symbol.

But when the ‘Vikas Rath’, broke down within a kilometre from its take-off point, on its way to Unnao, social media could not stop joking about the false start.

The yatra began on a good note, with supporters rallying and cheering around the decorated bus.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav waves at supporters during his Vikas Rath Yatra that was flagged off on November 3 in Lucknow. (Nand Kumar / PTI)

Despite the recent family feud, the Yadavs seemed to have gathered more than enough spectators to kick-start their campaigning on Thursday.

The 10-wheeled luxury bus comprises of a mini-office for press interviews, a small pantry, a plush restroom, and multiple LED screens for a comfortable travel experience.

A gadget panel inside the bus is equipped with LCD screens which display footage from CCTV cameras that cover both the inside and outside of the bus. (HT Photo )

The roughly 15 feet tall luxury bus was modified with a hydraulic platform that goes up to the bus roof enabling the CM to interact with the public during rallies.

But the trolls came pouring in after the bus broke down soon after the start.

One Twitter user had an observation on Akhilesh’s gift to women as part of the yatra.

However, the technical snag did not stop the rally from moving forward. The chief minister quickly hopped onto his SUV, making sure that though his yatra was delayed, it was still on track.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, waves at the crowd after he switched to his SUV. (Nand Kumar / PTI)
The Yatra, which had to pass through a dozen stops, got delayed due to the technical snag in the bus but finished the journey to Unnao. (Ashok Dutta / HT Photo )

First Published: Nov 05, 2016 13:33 IST