BSP books 22 trains for Maya rally

To gather "20 lakh people" for party chief Mayawati's rally in Lucknow on January 15, the BSP leaders have booked more than two dozen trains for ferrying crowds from various parts of Uttar Pradesh.

The "Savdhan Maharally" will be held at Ramabai Ambedkar ground on the outskirts of Lucknow, on the occasion of Mayawati's birthday.

Railway officials have already started making arrangements for accommodating the special trains at Charbagh railway station and Lucknow junction.

Additional DG (Railways), Virendra Kumar, said they have been informed about the arrival of 22 special trains for the rally. He said standard procedures for managing the crowd will be adopted by the Government Railway Police and railways authorities.

A BSP leader said people will start reaching Lucknow from the night of January 13. A camp will be set up outside Charbagh railway station to guide the people to reach the venue of their stay. Those reaching Lucknow a day before the rally will be put up at Smriti Upvan ground.

State BSP president Ram Achal Rajbhar said they have a target of bringing 20 lakh people for the rally and the BSP will break its own records of gathering maximum crowd.

He said some trains are still being booked and "more than 30 trains will arrive from distant parts of UP" and other states like Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.

Another party leader said while the trains will mostly ferry people from western and eastern UP and Agra region, supporters from other areas will come by buses and cars.

This will be Mayawati's first rally after her party's poor performance in the recently-concluded Assembly elections of neighbouring MP,

Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Delhi, and a series of rallies

by BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP.

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