Ahead of Phase One, Akhilesh And Rahul to Hold Three Joint Shows

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Agra: To en­sure that the Sa­ma­jwadi Party-Congress al­liance per­co­lates to the ground ahead of the Phase One of polling in the state on February 11, Akhilesh Ya­dav and Rahul Gandhi will ap­pear to­gether at three events in im­por­tant cities in the next week.

The first will be a road show which will kick off from Agra on Fri­day with Rahul and Akhilesh to go on a 12-km long bus ride through the heart of Agra and three of its as­sem­bly con­stituen­cies. On Sun­day, there will be an­other road show in Kan­pur by the two lead­ers where a ‘com­mon min­i­mum pro­gramme’ of the two par­ties could be an­nounced. On February 7, the two lead­ers will have their first joint rally in Meerut, which goes to polls o n Fe b r u a r y 1 1 . P r i me Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will also hold rally in Meerut on February 4.

The idea is to take the road shows through ur­ban cen­ters as peo­ple here usu­ally do not turn up at ral­lies. The Meerut rally by the two lead­ers is ex­pected to send an un­am­bigu­ous mes­sage in Phase 1 seats that the two par­ties are to­geth- er on the ground. Many can­di­dates from both par­ties are ex­pected to be present at the Meerut rally. Sources said the two par­ties had also struck a deal over the ten seats in Ame­thi and Rae Bareli. Congress will now be con­test­ing bulk of these seats.

In Agra, the two lead­ers will meet at the air­port at 1 pm be­fore driv­ing down to the city’s Day­al­bagh area from where the road show will start and pass through ar­eas l i ke Bhag­wan Talkies and MG Road be­fore cul­mi­nat­ing at Chip­i­tola cross­ing. This route is avoid­ing some Mus­lim­dom­i­nated ar­eas of Agra like Favarra and Doli­gar ar­eas, a route taken by Rahul dur­ing his Kisan Ya­tra through Agra.

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