Lucknow: The bad omen hit the much-hyped 'Vikas Rath Yatra' of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as the hi-tech bus he was aboard developed snag minutes after it was flagged off from La Martiniere grounds in the state capital.
The Rath Yatra, which was flagged off by Samajwadi Party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Thursday, had to be stopped about half a kilometre from its starting point due to some technical snag in specially designed Rs. five crore Mercedes Bus which was given the form of a Rath.
It made the organisers jittery prompting them to arrange the fleet of the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to complete his 'yatra'. earlier, speaking at the launch of his yatra, CM Akhilesh had stated that the Vikas Rath Yatra had the potential to put the party and the government in the right perspective through direct interaction with the public at large.
The Rath Yatra was to cover about 70 kms from Lucknow to Unnao on the opening day of the Yatra. Standing on the roof of the bus Akhilesh said," I am undeterred by this setback and will walk on foot if need arises."
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