SP, BSP al­liance changes hues of cam­paign ma­te­rial

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - Sau­rabh Chauhan sau­[email protected]

LUCKNOW : As Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav and Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati for­mally an­nounced the elec­toral al­liance on Satur­day, the colour of pol­i­tics also changed out­side the head­quar­ters of both the par­ties in Lucknow.

Hoard­ings and cam­paign ma­te­rial fea­tur­ing both the lead­ers with a slo­gan at­tack­ing the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are now avail­able at shops out­side party of­fices here.

Work­ers of both the par­ties are plac­ing or­ders for stick­ers and flags an­nounc­ing the al­liance.

San­jay Sri­vas­tava, a shop­keeper who has been sell­ing cam­paign ma­te­rial in front of SP head­quar­ters on Vikra­ma­ditya Marg for the last six years, said: “Now, I have come to be­lieve in the say­ing that ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble in pol­i­tics. See, I am sell­ing cam­paign ma­te­rial of BSP in front of SP of­fice.”

Nearly a dozen shops which had been sell­ing cam­paign ma­te­rial like pho­to­graphs, flags, stick­ers and caps of Sa­ma­jwadi Party till now have also or­dered BSP’s cam­paign ma­te­rial.

An­other trader Ashish Gupta said: “We have or­dered cam­paign ma­te­rial fea­tur­ing Akhilesh and Mayawati. Ear­lier, work­ers of both the par­ties were not sure about the al­liance. We are now flooded with or­ders for SP-BSP ve­hi­cle stick­ers, flags and posters.” “The cam­paign has al­most be­gun. We were wait­ing for a fi­nal word on al­liance. Now, my ve­hi­cle will have blue colour be­sides red,” an SP worker from Bara­banki An­imesh Ya­dav said.

Hoard­ings on the roads out­side the head­quar­ters of both the par­ties have come up wish­ing peo­ple on Makar Sakranti, Lohri and New Year. Quite a few were quick to put up hoard­ings fea­tur­ing both the lead­ers with the slo­gan: ‘Ha­mara kaam bolta hai, BJP ka jhooth bolta hai’.

Some ve­hi­cles with stick­ers fea­tur­ing both the lead­ers with the slo­gan ‘SP-BSP aayi hai, nayi kranti laayi hai’ are also at­tract­ing work­ers.

HT

▪ Cam­paign ma­te­rial at a shop in Lucknow.

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