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Don’t forget the Lakhimpur Kheri episode, take revenge with votes: Jayant Chaudhary of RLD

By PTI

Noida: Ahead of next year’s assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Choudhary on Monday asked people not to forget the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and avenge the atrocities on farmers.

Choudhary also announced that if his party comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, high court benches will be set up in western UP, Bundelkhand and Purvanchal regions of the state.

He also promised that if his party comes to power, an incentive of Rs one lakh will be given to inter-caste couples who get married and scholarships will be given to backward and Dalit students, who get admission in prestigious universities abroad.

The RLD national president on Monday made the promises during public programs in western UP’s Muzaffarnagar and Amroha districts as part of his ‘Aashirwad Path’ public relations campaign in the state ahead of the 2022 assembly elections.

Presently Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous and one of the largest states by area, has a High Court at Allahabad, with a bench at Lucknow.

The demand for high court benches in other parts of the state has often arisen in the past.

“If RLD comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, our government will set up high court benches in western UP, Bundelkhand and Ghazipur (in Purvanchal),” Choudhary said.

Also, one lakh rupees will be given to those who break caste barriers for inter-caste marriages and special scholarships will be given to promising students from backward castes and Dalit community to get admission in prestigious universities of the world. .

Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are likely to be held early next year.

During the events, the RLD chief also hit out at the Yogi Adityanath-led government in UP, saying even BJP voters would not have imagined the atrocities being committed by it.

“You all have seen the Lakhimpur Kheri episode.

The government has also left the British Raj behind in atrocities on the people.

You should remember the names of the farmers who were martyred in Lakhimpur Kheri and you should avenge the atrocities committed by your votes,” he told the crowd in Budhana and Rajabpur.

He alleged that Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish, who is an accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri case, was sitting at his house, but the UP police did not arrest him immediately after the incident.

The minister’s son Ashish was arrested on Saturday by the Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with the October 3 violence in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed.

He was produced in a court late on Saturday night, from where he was sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

He accused the Narendra Modi-led government at the Center of helping “corporate friends” and not working for the welfare of the common man, poor and farmers.

“A recent survey showed that while the country’s poor were starving and many people lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the wealth of a select few of the country’s rich during this period had doubled.

These are the same corporate friends of the government whose wealth has increased.”

He said that if his party comes to power in UP, a Rs 2,500-crore entrepreneur fund will be launched exclusively for giving loans to help people from SC/ST communities to start their own businesses.

A separate fund of Rs 2,500 crore will be set up to provide loans to youth for startups related to agriculture.

“If our party comes to power, we will ensure the safety and security of all, including minorities in the state,” Choudhary said.

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