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UP CM to today begin his "Vikas Rath Yatra" from Lucknow

Updated: Nov 03, 2016 09:57 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Nov. 3 (ANI): Launching his bid for a second term as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav will today start a state-wide rath yatra named 'Vikas Rath Yatra'.

The 'Vikas Rath Yatra', which is all set to be flagged off from the state capital today, is organised to convey a message of unity in the ruling party and to discuss the agenda of development and other social welfare schemes ahead of the state assembly elections.

Akhilesh is all set to travel 75 km in Lucknow and neighbouring Unnao atop a modified Mercedes bus, which can also be called a Mercedes "rath" from Lucknow.

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 supporters of both Akhilesh and his uncle and Samajwadi Party state chief Shivpal Yadav factions are keeping an eye on the development and the entire route of yatra is dotted with hoardings, banners and colourful arches to welcome the rath yatra starting from Lucknow.

According to report, a cavalcade of over thousands SUVs and trucks will seek to send a message to the party leadership that Akhilesh is the 'most acceptable' face of Samajwadi Party. (ANI)