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Former IPS Amitabh Thakur to contest UP Assembly poll against Yogi Adityanath


Amitabh Thakur, a former Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer who has given premature retirement, will be contesting the Assembly polls in the state due next year against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The announcement in this regard was made by the former cop’s wife Nutan, saying that it is fight for “principles” for Amitabh.

The former IPS officer’s wife issued a statement in Lucknow. She said, “Sri Adityanath undertook many undemocratic, improper, suppressive, harassing and discriminatory steps during his tenure as chief minister. Hence, Amitabh (Thakur) shall be contesting the election against Sri Adityanath from any place he contests. It is a fight for principles for him, where he shall be presenting his protest to the wrongdoings.”

What Amitabh Thakur said

Following the announcement, Amitabh Thakur took to Twitter on Saturday and said he received a good response from people after his announcement to contest the poll against Yogi Adityanth.

“After seriously considering all aspects, I have decided that I will definitely contest the Assembly poll against him from whichever seat he contests the election,” he tweeted in Hindi along with a video message.

Thakur’s compulsory retirement

The former cop was suspended on July 13, 2015, days after he had accused Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh of threatening him. A vigilance enquiry was also initiated against him. However, the Lucknow Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) stayed his suspension in April 2016 and ordered his reinstatement with full salary with effect from October 11, 2015.

Citing public interest, the Union home ministry had removed Thakur from service by giving him compulsory retirement on March 23. He was “not found fit to be retained for the remaining tenure of his service”, an Order from the Union Home Ministry had said of Mr. Thakur, who would have completed his service in 2028.

“In the public interest, Amitabh Thakur is being given premature retirement before completion of his service with immediate effect,” the Order read.


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