October 20, 2021

Inside Akhilesh Yadav’s hi-tech tour bus

The SP has rolled out a refurbished 2017 campaign bus for its leader. Will it help him win the elections?

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav during the launch of ‘Samajwadi Vijay Yatra’ in Lucknow, on Oct. 9, 2021; (PTI Photo)

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav wants to capture power in Uttar Pradesh. And he wants to do it in style. His party has shelled out Rs 5 crore for a customised high-tech 15-metre-long Mercedes campaign bus. Yadav inaugurated the bus with a four-district “Samajwadi Vijay Yatra” on October 12, beginning from Kanpur.

The bus has bullet-proof glass and the plush interiors of a private jet. It seats only 12 persons. Yadav has a small office in one section, where he can hold meetings with six persons. It has a living room, a bathroom and kitchen, 14,000 liters of luggage space, internet and LED panels on the outside to flash his government’s achievements and…

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