Live Reporting: Mulayam Singh asks UP voters to at least give 50 seats to SP
India TV reporter
Gorakhpur (UP): Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today appealed to voters in Uttar Pradesh to give the highest tally of 50 Lok Sabha seats from the state, adding that the Third Front was going to form the government at the Centre.
"No government at the Centre can be formed without the support of Samajwadi Party", Mulayam Singh Yadav declared amidst thunderous cheers from the crowd. Yadav said, even if the SP got 50 seats, it will be the highest tally among all states, because the second highest number of Lok Sabha seats, 48, is from Maharashtra.
The massive rally was held as a counter to Narendra Modi's rally that was held in Gorakhpur recently.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, who reached the venue late, because of bad weather, said, today's rally was several times bigger than that of Modi's rally.
The SP supremo lashed out at both Congress and BJP saying that both the parties have colluded not to allow other parties to raise the issues of pricerise.
Though organisers claimed that nearly 10 lakh people were expected to attend today's rally, yet the gathering was in the vicinity of 2-3 lakhs.
Named Desh Bachao rally, the ruling party had offered roses to weavers in Gorakhpur to attend the rally, coinciding with Valentine's Day celebrations.
Weavers in Gorakhpur are demanding regular power supply and cheap cotton for their looms.
Following is the live reporting of Samajwadi Party rally in Gorakhpur: