Samajwadi Party workers hold protest across state against ‘rigging’ in panchayat polls | India News


LUCKNOW: At the instance of Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav, the party workers staged massive protests at district and tehsil headquarters across the state against what they call, the ‘state government-engineered rigging’, of recently held zila panchayat chief and block pramukh elections in the state. They also submitted a memorandum addressed to the UP governor to the respective district authorities containing a 16-point charter of demands.
The demands included guarantee to farmers that their produce would be backed by Minimum Support Price (MSP), payment of Rs 15,000 crore of cane dues, withdrawal of the farm laws, check price rise, jobs to unemployed, check crime against women, stop harassment of senior SP leader Azam Khan, his son Abdullah, other family members, and other SP leaders and provide proper medical equipment and care at government facilities, besides probing allegations of corruption related to Covid care and compensation to kin of those who died of the virus.
In Lucknow, SP workers, including district president Jai Singh Jayant, MLA candidate Anurag Yadav, former MLA Rehan Naim, Pawan Manocha, Pooja Shukla and Dr Ashutosh Verma, along with hundreds of their supporters held protests at different locations across the district.
Similar protests were held in all the districts across the state. In Etawah, the protests were led by newly elected district panchayat chairman Anshul Yadav while in Kanpur MLAs Irfan Solanki and Amitabh Bajpayee led the demonstration. In Unnao, former MP Annu Tandon and MLC Sunil Sajan led the demonstrations while in Sitapur MLC Anand Bhadauria led the show. Protests were also held in Dehradun, Haridwar, Rudrapur and Champawat districts of Uttarakhand by the party’s state unit of the hill state.

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