Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav kick-started his poll campaign for the upcoming 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections by addressing his ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ function held in the state capital. It was a show of solidarity with the bigwigs of the Samajwadi Party in attendance.

However, a scuffle was witnessed between the workers of the Samajwadi Party before the beginning of the programme, but eventually things settled down.

What was pleasant to see was the three pillars of the party — Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav, all present at the function, despite the differences and upheavals seen in the party in the past few weeks.

Mulayam Singh Yadav flagged off Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’, accompanied by brother, Shivpal Yadav. Akhilesh Yadav thanked his father for flagging off the event as uncle Shivpal blessed Akhilesh for his Yatra.
A bitter tussle was witnessed between Shivpal and Akhilesh Yadav over authority issues. Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was seen favouring his brother in the episode, which led to further speculation about the unity within the ranks of the party. However, after seeing this gesture today, things are expected to calm down between the three and the party might witness a unified front to retain power in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017.