BUSY SUNDAY FOR UTTAR PRADESH
On Sunday, Uttar Pradesh will witness three mega rallies by political
bigwigs staking their claim to one of India’s most populous states.
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, AAP’s firebrand
leader Arvind Kejriwal and Samajwadi Party’s supremo Mulayam Singh
Yadav will woo prospective voters on Sunday, in a bid to garner
political support and also to try and steal some shine from their
opponents’ rallies. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will
address ‘Desh Banao, Desh Bachao’ rally in Allahabad. It would be
fourth time in the run up to Lok Sabha elections that rallies of
Mulayam and Modi are being held on the same day.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Vijay Shankhnad rally in Lucknow will
conclude the first phase of its poll campaign. The eighth of the
series, the party’s rally is being touted as the mother of all rallies
and the party expects a 10-lakh strong crowd.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, who has so far targeted
BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on crony capitalism and
corruption, is likely to shift gears and focus on Communism as he
kicks off the party’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh with a rally in
Kanpur. Kejriwal may use the occasion to put forth his party’s stand
on this sensitive issue.
Party sources said the recent Muzaffarnagar riots and the aftermath
could be issues that the AAP leader would dwell on. As of now it
remains to be seen as to which of the three leaders manages to garner
most support from their respective rallies.