With an eye on the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav used his youthful charm to attract voters in Karnataka for his Samajwadi Party, with a colourful rally in Channapatna, a town 50km from Bangalore on the road to Mysore, which returned the sole SP MLA in the assembly.
Yadav, who is on a two-day visit to state, mainly to felicitate CP Yogeshwar, the lone SP man who made it to state Legislative Assembly in the recent assembly election, used the opportunity to campaign for his party. Cut-outs and images of ‘Bicycle’, the Samajwadi Party’s electoral symbol, dominated the roads of the town. Huge cutouts of Yadav and Yogeshwar lined the route that Yadav took.
Thanking the people profusely for electing a SP member to State Assembly, Yadav reminded the people of Channapatna that it was the SP leaders who recognised the leadership qualities of late former chief minister S Bangarappa in the past and with the latter’s dedication the party had struck roots in the state. Yadav assured that CP Yogeshwar would not disappoint them and SP would emerge as a force to reckon with in the southern states too very soon.
Backward communities, Dalits and minorities are seeing SP as the best alternative for Congress in the country, he added.