Modi, Mulayam rally to clash again

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Terming it a "mere coincidence", the Samajwadi Party has announced its rally at Badaun on December 20, the day Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, too, will address his Vijay Shankhnad rally in Varanasi.

Earlier, SP's 'Desh Bachao Desh Banao' rally, held in Bareilly on November 21, had coincided with Modi's Agra rally.

The SP leaders had claimed then that attendance at their rally had overshadowed that of Modi's, and that "the same story will be repeated when SP takes out its Vikas rally alongside Modi's Vijay Shankhnad rally," a senior party leader said.

"It (the clashing of date) is a mere coincidence. We were planning our Badaun rally for quite some time. (The rally date, first scheduled for December 9, was changed to December 14 and then to December 21.) Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav finally settled on December 20. It should not be treated as a deliberate attempt," Dharmendra Yadav, party's MP from Badaun and organiser of the rally, said.

"Our rally will focus on the development projects and welfare schemes launched by the CM. We are not worried about any other major rally that may take place on the day," he added, in an apparent reference to BJP's rally.

The MP, however, did not rule out comparisons with Modi's Vijay Shankhnad rally. "Media may put it this way. They may compare, but our rally will be the largest in Badaun's history," he said.

The two parties, meanwhile, are being cautious in not letting their respective main speaker's address speech coincide.

On the day of rally, Akhilesh will lay foundation stone of state medical college in Gunaura Wajidpur village along with a dozen projects.

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