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Stage set for Mulayam?s rally today

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav is arriving in the city to address a public rally on Saturday. This will be his first visit to Varanasi after his party was defeated in the Aurai by-poll. Mulayam?s visit also assumes significance in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party?s efforts to moblise its rank and file following the murder of its legislator Krishnanand Rai on November 29. The CM is scheduled to arrive in the morning and straightaway drive to Sarnath where he is scheduled to inaugurate a private hospital.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 00:07 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav is arriving in the city to address a public rally on Saturday. This will be his first visit to Varanasi after his party was defeated in the Aurai by-poll.

Mulayam’s visit also assumes significance in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s efforts to moblise its rank and file following the murder of its legislator Krishnanand Rai on November 29.

The CM is scheduled to arrive in the morning and straightaway drive to Sarnath where he is scheduled to inaugurate a private hospital. He will later arrive at Beniabagh park to address a public rally.

The CM’s visit also coincides with the death anniversary of socialist leader Raj Narayan. Mulayam Singh is also scheduled to unveil his statue at Beniabagh before delivering his speech.

It may be mentioned that Mulayam Singh had lashed out at Samajwadi Party leaders for their failure to highlight the government’s achievements. The outburst was directed at party leaders for their slackness in highlighting the achievements of the Samajwadi Party in the two Assembly segments where his party had to face drubbing at the hands of the Bahujan Samaj Party.

“The CM, who fears toppling of his government, is in fact kicking off an election campaign,” a political analyst said.

Unlike earlier occasions, party leaders seem to have taken the CM’s outbursts seriously and almost the entire party cadre is busy mobilising public support for Saturday’s rally.

This was for the first time that auto-rickshaws fitted with loud speakers have been pressed into service to generate public support for the rally.

“This will be an unprecedented rally,” said Dr KP Yadav, a close aide of Mulayam Singh in Varanasi and also chairman of the Go-Sewa Commission.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 00:07 IST