Akhilesh Yadav's rath yatra as it happened: 'Mulayam to decide SP's alliance in UP polls'

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Akhilesh Yadav's rath yatra as it happened: 'Mulayam to decide SP's alliance in UP polls'
  • 14:35 (IST)

    Akhilesh speaks about maha-gathbandhan ahead of UP polls

    "We are open to alliance with any party to form a secular government in the state but a final decision will be taken by 'netaji' (Mulayam)," Akhilesh said. Congress election strategist Prashant Kishore had recently met Mulayam in Delhi, triggering speculation of a maha-gathbandhan".

    The decision of RJD and JDU to attend the silver jubilee event of Samajwadi Party also hints at a possible grand alliance between the parties. 

  • 13:40 (IST)

    Mulayam Singh cements position of his son

    All the posters put up ahead of the rath yatra carried a prominent picture of both Akhilesh and Mulayam. However, Shivpal's position has been reduced to a small image on the corner of the posters, according to CNN-News18

    By flagging off the yatra and ensuring that Shivpal is also present during the event, the SP supremo seems to have cemented the position of son Akhilesh as his successor.

  • 12:55 (IST)

    Akhilesh expected to resume rath yatra on 7 November after Thursday

    The chief minister will end the Vikas Yatra Thursday evening and return to Lucknow. He will restart his Rath Yatra again on 7 November, after attending the silver jubilee gala of the Samajwadi Party on 5 November.

    According to recent reports, JDU and RJD have decided to attend the silver jubilee event. 

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Predicted UP will regret not voting for me: Mayawati

  • 12:40 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Mayawati hits out at Akhilesh Yadav

    While talking to CNN-News18, BSP supremo Mayawati hit out Akhilesh and said that Shivpal won't let the UP chief minister hold power for long.

    Taking a jibe at the chief minister, she also said that he has inducted more criminals into the party. Akhilesh's "young blood" team is full of criminals, she said.

    Akhilesh had encouraged and thanked the youth during his address before the rath yatra for coming out in large numbers to support his party. 

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Shivpal had earlier dropped hints of a pre-poll alliance

    Shivpal had said, "SP has always fought against communal powers and we will do whatever it takes to defeat them." Referring to the BJP as "communal power", he added that it is a common enemy.

    Shivpal did not take any names but he said that "Lohiawadis, Gandhiwadis and Chaudhri Charan Singhvadis"will come together to defeat "communal powers." Ram Manohar Lohia is the SP ideologue, 'Gandhians' was an apparent reference to Congress while Rashtriya Lok Dal is  affiliated to Chaudhri Charan Singh's ideology.

    Read the entire article here.

  • 12:30 (IST)

    Mulayam to decide on alliance with other parties: Akhilesh

  • 12:01 (IST)

    Akhilesh continues yatra in his car

  • 11:55 (IST)

    Rath breaks down during rath yatra

  • 11:54 (IST)

    Akhilesh's rath breaks down

    Just minutes after Mulayam Singh flagged off the rath yatra, CNN-News18 reported that the rath broke down.

  • 11:51 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav joins husband Akhilesh

  • 11:23 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav joins husband Akhilesh

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Grand preparations for the roadshow

    Party MLC Sunil Yadav Sajan, who is also incharge of first leg of the yatra, told PTI that at every second kilometre, the CM will be welcomed and he will also address gatherings at various locations.

    All roads leading to the venue were decorated with banners. Traffic police have been put on standby to handle the large volumes of traffic on Thursday, as thousands of vehicles are likely to join the Vikas Se Vijay ki Ore (from development to victory) yatra

  • 11:15 (IST)

    Akhilesh hopes for the support of farmers

  • 11:13 (IST)

    Red mercedes has pictures of UP government's flagship schemes

    The bus has pictures of the flagship schemes of the state government – Agra-Lucknow Expressway, Free Laptop Scheme and 1090 Women helpline.

    The 37-foot-long and 15-foot tall bus has all the facilities like Wi-Fi connection, telephone connectivity, a small wash room, a mini-war room and a motorised platform, which will be propelled up by a hydraulic shaft that will bring Akhilesh out of the bus, face to face with the people.

  • 11:06 (IST)

    Mercedes bus does not feature Shivpal

    Although Shivpal attended the flagging off event of Akhilesh's rath yatra and showed his support for the Samajwadi Party, his picture does not appear anywhere on the red mercedes which will be used during the roadshow.

    Akhilesh will embark on the yatra atop a modified Mercedes bus from Lucknow.

    The bus has the images of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh himself, socialist ideologues Jayaprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and Jnaneshwar Mishra but not of Shivpal.

  • 11:01 (IST)

    Schools in Lucknow shut

    All schools in the state capital and Unnao have been shut owing to the "VVIP movement", which is all set to bring the state capital and the Lucknow-Kanpur highway to a grinding halt.

    The District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) of Lucknow has asked all schools to remain shut in view of the traffic diversions in the state capital, as the convoy of the Chief Minister criss-crosses the city and other nearby places.

  • 10:59 (IST)

    Towards the path of development: Akhilesh Yadav

  • 10:52 (IST)

    Our aim is to defeat BJP: Shivpal Yadav

  • 10:51 (IST)

    Despite the feud, Shivpal extends support as well

    Shivpal extended his support to Akhilesh in this roadshow for their common desire to defeat the BJP.  "Our aim is that BJP does not form the government in Uttar Pradesh," said Shivpal.

    Therefore, just a few days after Shivpal snatched the mic from Akhilesh's hands at a Samajwadi rally, he gave his best wishes to the UP CM.

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Both Akhilesh and Mulayam focus on soldiers during speech

    While Mulayam Singh dedicated the rath yatra to the soldiers, Akhilesh raked up the issue of Ram Kishan Grewal's suicide. He said that people have to decide and think who should have the leadership of the country since soldiers are guarding us as well as committing suicide.  

  • 10:38 (IST)

    Mulayam dedicates rath yatra to soldiers

    Mulayam SIngh dedicated the SP rath yatra to the Indian jawans who stand at the border and guard the country. He also said that India's defence forces are among the best in the world.

  • 10:33 (IST)

    It's time to bring the party back in power for second time: Akhilesh Yadav

  • 10:32 (IST)

    People conspired against us: Akhilesh Yadav

    Akhilesh Yadav blamed other parties and people for conspiring against the Samajwadi Party and making it go off-track. He told the crowd that it is time to bring the party back to power. 

  • 10:29 (IST)

    Mulayam Singh addresses the gathering

    He saluted the martyrs of the country and urged Rajnath Singh to meet the parents of our jawans. Mulayam also thanked the people of Uttar Pradesh for supporting Samajwadi Party. 

  • 10:26 (IST)

    Rath yatra was delayed because of problems: Akhilesh Yadav

    Akhilesh subtly acknowledged that there were problems within the party when he said that the rath yatra should have started much earlier but due to some issues, it was delayed. 

  • 10:24 (IST)

    Supporters of Samajwadi Party clash ahead of yatra

  • 10:21 (IST)

    Akhilesh thanks father Mulayam for support

    After thanking father Mulayam Singh for extending his support, Akhilesh said "It is also a poll to change the politics of the country. We have to think where the country must go and which direction it must follow" in the aftermath of the ex-serviceman committing suicide over OROP.

  • 10:18 (IST)

    Akhilesh addresses the crowd before the roadshow

    "I am happy that we have the opportunity to run the rath for the third time. I want to thank the youth for joining this roadshow and congratulate them for this historic moment.The people of Uttar Pradesh will repeat history for the third time," says Akhilesh Yadav.

  • 10:15 (IST)

  • 10:14 (IST)

    Shivpal gives best wishes to Akhilesh

    Despite the feud between Shivpal and Akhilesh, the former came out in support of the CM and said that he wants to convey his best wishes to Akhilesh. 

    Since politics is all about symbolism, this gesture might be an indicator of a temporary truce between the family.

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Mulayam Singh, Shivpal present at the venue

    Quelling all speculations, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav are present at Akhilesh Yadav's rath yatra and share the stage with him. Mulayam is expected to flag off the roadshow as a hint of his support for son Akhilesh.

If Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence in Gurugram, Haryana, on Tuesday brought the city to a standstill and several MNCs declared the day off, Uttar Prdesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's Vikas Rath Yatra is set to create a similar chaos on Thursday.

Akhilesh is set to embark on the yatra atop a modified Mercedes bus from Lucknow.

File image of Akhilesh Yadav. CNN-News18

File image of Akhilesh Yadav. CNN-News18

All schools in the state capital and Unnao have been shut owing to the "VVIP movement", which is all set to bring the state capital and the Lucknow-Kanpur highway to a grinding halt.


Elaborate arrangements are in place on the routes that the chief minister's Rath will roll on. The yatra is being seen as his first show of strength after the turf war with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav.

The District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) of Lucknow has asked all schools to remain shut in view of the traffic diversions in the state capital, as the convoy of the Chief Minister criss-crosses the city and other nearby places.

"We have been told to declare it a holiday as children might get stuck in long traffic snarl-ups," a school principal told IANS ruing the development, as the schools opened only on Wednesday after a four-day-long Diwali break.

Close aides of the chief minister, however, brush aside the criticism, saying in the "poll season" all this is bound to happen.

Traffic police have been put on standby to handle the large volumes of traffic on Thursday, as thousands of vehicles are likely to join the 43-year-old chief minister during his Vikas Se Vijay ki Ore (from development to victory) yatra.

Moreover, since the yatra is happening amid a power struggle between Mulayam-Shivpal on one side and Akhilesh and the young leaders on the other, a major show of strength is lately on the cards, leading to huge chaos.


"We expect more than 20,000 small and big vehicles to tail the Rath of our dear Bhaiyya ji (as Akhilesh is fondly called by his supporters) and the convoy could be more than 35-km long," said his enthusiastic supporters.

Thursday being a working day, it is certain to create problems for the office-goers and other commuters. More than two dozen diversions have been announced by the traffic department.

While the red-colour Mercedes bus has the images of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief Minister himself, socialist ideologues Jayaprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and Jnaneshwar Mishra, his uncle Shivpal's picture is seen neither on the vehicle nor elsewhere.

The bus also has pictures of the flagship schemes of the state government – Agra-Lucknow Expressway, Free Laptop Scheme and 1090 Women helpline.

The 37-foot-long and 15-foot tall bus has all the facilities like Wi-Fi connection, telephone connectivity, a small wash room, a mini-war room and a motorised platform, which will be propelled up by a hydraulic shaft that will bring Akhilesh out of the bus, face to face with the people.

In the first phase, he will venture out from the La Martinere Boys College in Lucknow, and after covering more than 75 km will conclude at the stadium in Shuklaganj, Unnao.

The chief minister will end the Vikas Yatra the same evening and return to Lucknow. He will restart his Rath Yatra again on 7 November, after attending the silver jubilee gala of the Samajwadi Party on 5 November.


Published Date: Nov 03, 2016 10:08 am | Updated Date: Nov 03, 2016 04:12 pm


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