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A three-day Samajwadi Vikas Diwas will be held in Uttar Pradesh from May 26 to celebrate the anniversary of the Akhilesh government and also to highlight the developmental programmes and the welfare schemes launched by the state government during the past four years.

According to sources, the Samajwadi Vikas Diwas will be celebrated with full grandeur in all the 821 blocks and 75 districts of the state for three days.

“The Samajwadi Vikas Diwas will be held like a national festival with the aim of projecting Mr Akhilesh Yadav as a ‘Vikas Purush’. The work done by the Akhilesh government will be highlighted through songs, dances, street plays, poster exhibitions and documentaries,” said a party functionary.

At the government level, benefits of the various schemes will be distributed in each block during the event. About 100 people in each block will receive Samajwadi Pension and 50 persons will be given houses under the Lohia Awas Scheme.

Fifty women in each block will receive additional assistance from the government. The state government will appoint a nodal officer in each district to ensure the success of the programme.

At the party level, party workers will hold similar events in each block and spread awareness about the various schemes. They will also submit reports about whether benefits of government schemes have percolated down to the lowest level or not.

“This will be the first time that the party and the government will be working in tandem to popularise the achievements of the Akhilesh regime. The event will also allow us to identify the shortcomings — whether on the part of the government or the party — and rectify them since there is still time for the election,” said a party functionary.

Mr Yadav is planning to start touring parts of the state from April to get a direct feedback from the people while Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav will also be addressing rallies in all divisions to assess ground realities.

The Samajwadi Vikas Diwas, for all practical purposes, will kick off the party’s campaign for the Assembly elections that are scheduled to be held in early 2017.

The Samajwadi leadership is aware of the fact that it will not only have to fight back the anti-incumbency factor but also battle with multiple political alliances — howsoever small they may be — that are coming up in Uttar Pradesh and will eat into the Samajwadi Party’s base.



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