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Amitabh Thakur to contest poll against Yogi Adityanath

Amitabh Thakur to contest poll against Yogi Adityanath

Former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur will contest against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the upcoming assembly elections. Making this announcement, he said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had done many anti-people works during his tenure and as a protest against it he would contest election against him this time.

Thakur, in a video message through social media, said that from wherever Yogi Adityanath would contest election this time, he would definitely contest against him. He said that this was a battle of principles and he would express his protest against the wrong in the poll.

Amitabh Thakur's wife Nutan, in a statement issued in Lucknow, said it was a fight for principles for her husband.

“Adityanath undertook many undemocratic, improper, suppressive, harassing and discriminatory steps during his tenure as chief minister,” she alleged.

 “Hence, Amitabh (Thakur) shall be contesting the election against Adityanath from any place he contests. It is a fight for principles for him, where he shall be presenting his protest to the wrongdoings,” she said.

The government had forcibly retired Amitabh Thakur on March 23, 2021. In the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding his retirement, it was said that he was not fit to complete his services and therefore he was being retired in the public interest.

Earlier, Amitabh Thakur had demanded a change in the state cadre from the Centre in 2017, which was turned down. 

Thakur was suspended on July 12, 2015 for accusing Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav of making threats to him. After this an inquiry committee was also formed against him. However, the Lucknow bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal stayed his suspension in April 2016 and ordered his reinstatement with full salary with effect from October 11, 2015.