Samajwadi Party is yet to prepare for Upcoming Assembly elections, although the party has declared already the candidates for over 150 constituencies. Congress had announced its CM candidate and BJP’s top 2 leaders Narendra Modi and Amit Shah during the last one-and-a-half months, they had visited the state several times.
On march 24th, SP had released list of 142 candidates on seats where it had lost in state elections of 2012. But from the last one month, it has been in news for problems over issues like merger with Quami Ekta Dal and RLD.
On June 25th, During Central parliamentary board meeting, SP leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav, had declared that Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister will soon be launching the poll campaign by taking out Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra and highlighting the development works that his government has done till so far.
Akhilesh Yadav was expected to take out the yatra after attending the SP Lucknow national executive meet which is going to take place in July or August. SP, so far had not announced its new national executive body nor any meeting date. According to the Sources, rath yatra’s chariot is still being constructed, Akhilesh Yadav will take out the yatra only after the national executive meeting.
Rajendra Chaudhary, minister and SP state spokesperson said that the dates for the national executive meet and Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra are yet to decided.
“SP is already campaigning through its development works. The CM himself has been visiting villages and people understand this fact,” said Rajendra Chaudhry
BJP, according to the SP is its main opponent in the 2017 up assembly elections, has already started its campaign in the state.
Amit Shah has already held six booth presidents’ sammelans of regional units in June and July in Kanpur-Bundelkhand region, Kasganj (Braj), Meerut (Paschim), Barabanki (Awadh), Basti (Gorakhpur) and Jaunpur (Kashi).
In Lucknow, he had also addressed a Dalits’ convention, in June, an intellectuals’ meet in Noida in Varanasi, on 2nd July a Jan Swabhiman rally in Varanasi and in Mau on 9th July ‘Ati Dalit-Ati-Pichhda Mahapanchayat’.
Shah had targeted SP, Akhilesh and BSP, during these events. To attract the votes of backward caste, an alliance with OBC-supported Apna Dal faction of Anupriya Patel and Suheldeo Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP)had been declared by him. Further, on 31st May,he had addressed Sardar Patel Kisan Mahasammelan in OBC-dominated Jhunsi area of Allahabad after having lunch in Varanasi at the residence of an OBC party worker.
In Allahabad, on June 12-13 BJP had held its national executive meet, after which Modi had addressed a Parivartan rally. He had also launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana from Ballia. In order to mark completion of two-years of his government, on may 26, he had addressed a rally in Saharanpur.
On 22nd July, Modi would be in Gorakhpur unveil the statue of former head priest of Gorakhnath temple and lay foundation stones to re-open a fertilizer factory and a AIIMS. BJP also plans to take out four yatras.