Lucknow: Denied permission to conduct his ‘Samajwadi Vijay Rath’ yatra on the Purvanchal Expressway, Akhilesh Yadav on Monday urged his party workers to symbolically inaugurate the Uttar Pradesh e-way by showering petals even as the prime minister is scheduled to launch the new route.
In an open challenge to the ruling dispensation, Akhilesh also prefixed Samajwadi to the name of the eway.
The Yogi Adityanath government blocked the eway with boulders terming it a security reason to not allow SP’s rally as the former chief minister launched a campaign in the poll-bound state on Saturday that attracted huge crowds.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the Purvanchal Expressway in Sultanpur on Tuesday.
On the same day, Akhilesh had sought permission from the administration to take out his rath yatra from towards Ghazipur. The Ghazipur administration on Saturday refused permission to allow the Samajwadi Vijay Rath.
Akhilesh took to social media to appeal to his party workers to make a symbolic inauguration by showering flowers on the expressway.
He said, “In all the districts passing through the Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway, on November 16, the district committee of the Samajwadi Party will do a symbolic inauguration of this public welfare work by showering flowers on the Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway.”
Akhilesh has been constantly accusing the BJP government of usurping credit for the eway that was approved during his tenure. He has said all such development works were done during the SP government’s rule but the BJP’s Yogi government has inaugurated them by “changing their name and colour”.