With other parties like BSP and Congress already in the campaign mode, the Samajwadi Party is also finalising a big rally to be addressed by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in mid-September.
Yadav would hold a rally each divisional headquarters in UP. Party sources said that the date and location is being finalised but they will definetly begin the Mulayam rallies in September and that too from eastern UP.
The SP had kickstarted its 2014 Lok Sabha campaign from Azamgarh and Mulayam had for the first time stepped out from his family bastion of Etawah-Mainpuri and contested from there.
The SP had in 2012 also started its campaign from Azamgarh, though Akhilesh Yadav had stared his Samajwadi Rath Yatra (roadshow) a little earlier. The SP went on to win the 2012 polls with a full majority and also swept 9 of the 10 assembly segments in Azamgarh. A section in the party has, however, proposed Varanasi, which is represented by PM Narendra Modi, for the first Mulayam rally.
Bartaman Patrika epaper 01-09-2016: http://epaper.prabhatkhabar.com