Lucknow, Jan 28, 2017: In a bid to win the battle of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections with the alliance, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav will hold a joint road show on Sunday in the poll-bound state.
Senior leaders from both sides are of the view that the coming together of the two leaders on the same stage would send out a “strong and correct political message” to cadre across the state, especially after initial talks of an electoral pact between the two parties had hit a roadblock.
The joint press conference is being planned for January 29. However, The two leaders are also scheduled to address 14 rallies across UP, which is headed for a seven-phase polling starting February 11.
The two are likely to be joined by Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at select places.
Gandhi and Akhilesh would launch a poll campaign with a tagline — UP ko ye saath pasand hai (UP relishes this alliance), aimed at telling people that the two parties were their choice as they go to vote.
While the Special Protection Group (SPG) that guards the Gandhi scion has been assessing the route that the road show will take, a nod from the Election Commission is also awaited.
According to sources, in case the permission does not come or there is some other security related problem, a rally would be held here.
While the announcement of the alliance by their state unit chiefs Naresh Uttam and Raj Babbar did not create enough buzz, even the first three rallies of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Sultanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri have not gone down too well.