Lucknow: With the Anna agitation hitting the silent note, the political clock has started ticking in Uttar Pradesh. The upcoming 2012 Assembly elections in the state has set the political activities abuzz.

The political parties trying to capture the turf in the state are trying all tricks to allure voters, from empathising with their sorry condition to proving themselves superior to other rival political parties. They now are vouching on padyatras, rath yatras and cycle yatras in the state to make strong grounds for themselves.

Under the UP Mission 2012, the Congress started series of yatras and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi took out a yatra in Bhatta Parsaul on land acquisition matter to attract the vote bank.

The Congress decided to take a step further in this regard and entrusted the responsibility on the MPs, Union Ministers and MLAs associated with the state to carry on such yatras. Apart from this, the Congress has also directed city and district presidents to take out Jansampark yatras in villages and other wards.

However, after Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption, the enthusiasm has diminished which was seen in the previous yatra by the Gandhi scion.

Now, replying to the Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has decided to take out Kranti Rath yatra on September 12 under the leadership of state party president Akhilesh Yadav. The plan is to carry out the yatra in 11 districts in two phases. Sources revealed that Yadav and his supporters will flag off cycle yatra in areas where the Rath will not go.

The SP leadership believes that the Rath yatra under Akhilesh’s leadership will be successful in winning hearts as Mulayam Singh’s yatra did in 1987.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Vyapar Sabha is all set to start anti-government ‘vyapar bachao’ yatra.

Even the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leaving no stone unturned and took out yatras on the Bhatta-Parsaul incidents.

Veteran BJP leader Kalraj Mishra rolled out ‘Kisan Bachao Yatra’. The party has also prepared a roadmap of ‘Vijay Sankalp Yatras’ under the leadership of party leaders. The youth wing of the BJP will flag off ‘anti-corruption yatra’.

According to state president Harish Dwivedi, rallies will be rolled out in a bid to stop corruption and this resolution will be sent to the President.

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) will also vouch on good governance plank and visit villages building their vote bank. RLD has named these padyatras as ‘Chaudhary Ajit Singh Suraj’.

JPN/Bureau