Lucknow: Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav is not likely to campaign in the upcoming Noorpur by polls where SP has fielded its candidate with the backing from the RLD.
SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary told media that it was part of party’s strategy to keep away from public campaign and instead opt for door-to-door meetings. “Akhileshji is in regular touch with party workers and is mobilising voters in favour of the joint opposition candidate.”
Akhilesh Yadav will only be issuing appeals, asking people to vote in favour of the SP-backed RLD candidate from Kairana, Tabassum Begum.
RLD spokesperson Anil Dubey, too, said the party was restricting itself to micro-meetings as part of its strategy to take on the BJP. “RLD president Ajit Singh and vice-president Jayant Chaudhary have been holding small meetings while going from village to village. There is no need to hold big rallies like BJP,” Dubey said.
This decision has come after Yogi Adityanath holding public rallies and alleging that the former Akhilesh government was responsible for communal riots and exodus of people in west UP.
Sources in SP and RLD said the joint opposition was wary of big rallies as that could lead to communal polarisation and may favour the BJP which is eyeing Jat and Gujjar votes. Meanwhile, the Congress and BJP have asked their supporters to work silently for the SP and RLD candidates on the ground.
BJP’s west UP in charge Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that Akhilesh was avoiding campaigning for a different reason. “Akhilesh Yadav cannot dare to face the people who suffered during his regime. It is only during the BJP regime that the people are feeling safe and getting to know about development,” he said .