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Akhilesh Yadav's 'Vikas Rath Yatra' begins today
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav begins his Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra from Lucknow to the neighbouring Unnao district today, which will be flagged off by Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The yatra is a test of the popularity for the state's youngest-ever CM. However, it also serves as a stage for Akhilesh to showcase his strength in the ongoing feud within his family and party ahead of the Samajwadi Party's silver jubilee celebrations on November 5.

All roads leading to the venue – La Martiniere College ground – have been decorated with banners and were choked with people and vehicles in the morning. All schools on the yatra route are closed in view of the large turnout expected for the event. 

A Mercedes bus has been customized into a hi-tech rath for his yatra. The bus is decorated with the images of the major schemes and projects launched by Yadav during his tenure: the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, Lucknow Metro, emergency services for women safety and health like 108 and 1090, free laptop distribution, etc. The SP's symbol, the humble cycle, also adorns the bus in the form of a life-size image of Akhilesh riding it.

As per the latest reports, clash has erupted between SP workers in Lucknow ahead of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav's "Vikas Rath Yatra". And the campaign bus faces technical glitch while attempts are underway to fix it. He has switched to an open-top SUV.

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