Monday, February 20, 2012

[ZESTCaste] UP elections: Mayawati set to hold a mega rally in Agra today

21 Feb, 2012, 11.16AM IST, IANS
UP elections: Mayawati set to hold a mega rally in Agra today

AGRA: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is set to hold a mega
rally in Agra Tuesday, one of the biggest during the seven-phased
assembly elections.

People from distant places have already started inching towards the
Kothi Meena Bazar ground in the Shah Ganj area in a dazzling display
of power and influence in the Dalit capital of northern India.

"More than what she says, it will be the turnout that will be
demonstrative of her hold on the voters of the party," said activist
Naresh Paras about Mayawati, who is also the chief of the ruling
Bahujan Samaj Party that champions the cause of Dalits.

Preparations have been going on for the past three days with stage and
sound engineers from Lucknow specially summoned to execute the event
in style.

Agra's traffic schedule has been changed for the day with heavy
vehicles being diverted from the city's life line, the Mahatma Gandhi
Road. A helipad close to the stage is ready and the whole ground gives
the impression of a blue ocean with banners, flags and cut-outs.

Agra goes to polls Feb 28 in the penultimate round of the polls. All
parties are now totally concentrating on western Uttar Pradesh, which
could decide who will rule the state.

The Congress held road shows with actors Raveena Tandon and Sanjay
Dutt Monday evening. Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh
Yadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh are scheduled to
address a series of meetings in the next few days, intensifying

The rallies of the BJP and the joint rally of the Congress and RLD in
the past week have been rather unimpressive in terms of crowd

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