Lucknow: The grounds
were being spruced up, the guesthouses were booked and the
dignitaries had started trickling in... the stage was set
Wednesday for the swearing in of Samajwadi Party (SP) leader
Akhilesh Yadav as the youngest chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Akhilesh Yadav, 38, will be sworn in along with some one dozen
ministers at around 11 a.m. at the sprawling La Martiniere College
The evening before, VIPs and dignitaries from outside the state
had started arriving to a red carpet treatment by officials of the
Estate and Protocol department. All government owned guest houses,
the VIP and VVIP guest houses at Mall Avenue and Meera Bai Marg
have been booked for the guests and the roads leading to the La
SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his team of hand picked close
aides were personally overseeing the arrangements and coordinating
with officials in the run up to the mega event that is likely to
be witnessed by more than 10,000 people, including party workers,
government officials, Bollywood stars, religious leaders,
industrialists and VVIPs from other political parties.
These include the Bharatiya Janata Party's L.K. Advani, Janata
Dal-United's Sharad Yadav and Left leaders Prakash and Brinda
Karat. Amongst the industrialists expected to attend are Anil
Ambani and Subrata Roy Chaudhary of the Sahara Group as well as
others from Kolkata, Gujarat and Mumbai.
SP insiders said the Bollywood contingent would include Sridevi,
Boney Kapoor and Anil Kapoor.
Special arrangements have been made for the VVIP and the media
contingent. Intelligence officials and special security units,
including commandos, have taken over the venue.
Traffic has been diverted from the venue and special transformers
have been stationed at the venue so as to ensure that there is no
power cut during the swearing in ceremony that is likely to last
for two hours.
Officials from the Raj Bhavan are also coordinating with the local
officials. More than two dozen cars, fitted with red beacon
lights, have been readied by the Estate department and would be
parked at the venue so as to ensure that the newly sworn in
ministers drive back in their official cars.
The SP's IT wing will be doing live webcasts of the event on its
Facebook page, YouTube and on the Dailymotion website.