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Samajwadi Cycle Yatra: Pedaling for Change Across Uttar Pradesh

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Abhishek Yadav, the national president of Samajwadi Lohia Vahini, unveils the grand vision of the ‘Desh Bachao Desh Banao Samajwadi Cycle Yatra.’ This monumental cycling expedition is capturing widespread attention as it crisscrosses Uttar Pradesh in the lead-up to the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Setting off from Prayagraj on August 9, the yatra has already left an indelible mark. Covering nine districts in Bundelkhand and eastern UP, it has clocked over 2,000 kilometers on bicycles adorned with the Samajwadi Party’s symbol.

In an exclusive interview with The Indian Express, Abhishek Yadav shared that the journey was initiated by Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav. The recent stopover was in Sultanpur, with upcoming destinations including Ayodhya district and various locations in eastern UP, such as Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur, Deoria, and Kushinagar.

Abhishek Yadav also revealed that the yatra would transition from eastern to central UP, with the first phase concluding in Lucknow on the birth anniversary of Mulayam Singh Yadav, the party’s founding leader.

Structured in two phases, the yatra will resume its second leg on December 6, marking Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s death anniversary. It will culminate at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on January 26.

Throughout the journey, cyclists are organizing brief events in collaboration with local party workers, addressing pressing issues such as inflation, unemployment, and constitutional challenges. Discussions also encompass the privatization of government sectors like education and transport, as reported by The Indian Express.

With ambitious goals, Abhishek Yadav disclosed that the initial phase aims to cover approximately 10,000 km, with an overarching target of 25,000 km. This endeavor stands as the longest cycle yatra, not only in Uttar Pradesh but across the nation, showcasing a commitment to drive positive change.