The ruling Samajwadi Party's (SP) grand silver jubilee celebrations on Saturday may be seen as a prelude to the pre-poll alliance talks ahead of the UP assembly elections.
Samajwadi Party's state party unit chief Shivpal Yadav told CNN-News18, that alliance talks may take place after the event, while adding that "like minded people" have come together to participate in the event.
The party is all geared up for it's mega silver jubilee celebrations along with prominent JD(U), RJD, and RLD leaders set to share the stage with Uttar Pradesh's first family.
Security arrangements have been beefed up in the state capital ahead of the event and arrangements have been made to ensure the security of VVIP guests. Shivpal has also asked the district administration and police to ensure that expelled party leaders are not allowed inside the venue of the event.
The tight security arrangements are also being looked upon as a way to prevent expelled Samajwadi party leaders from attending the event. According to PTI expelled leaders including MLCs Santosh Yadav Sunny, Sunil Yadav Sajan, Anand Bhadauria and a few others came down to attend Akhilesh Yadav's rath yatra event on Thursday. Shivpal, apparently miffed at their presence, is ensuring that no expelled leaders attend the event.
The event will be attended by prominent leaders from RJD, JD(U), RLD among others. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, RLD Cheif Ajit Singh, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala, KC Tyagi (JD-U) and noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani are some of the prominent names to attend the event. According to CNN News-18, Congress' Raj Babbar had earlier also given indication that he may attend the event if he was invited. It is unclear, however, whether any Congress leaders will be present on the event.
However, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar will, skip SP's silver jubilee celebrations citing the Chhath festival being celebrated in Bihar.
While the leaders' presence on the same stage is sure to give out a signal of unity, this may well serve as the right backdrop to kick-start formal talks on pre-poll alliance between these parties.
With inputs from PTI