SP leader Shivendra Singh purchased the potatoes from a cold storage unit while Jai Kumar Tiwari, also from the SP, helped load the produce into the truck before it was dumped, said police.
“Since the formation of BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh, atrocities have been unleashed on the minorities, Dalits, and people hailing from other backward castes at the behest of RSS,” said a senior SP leader.
“Anticipating a possible loss in the bypolls for Gorakhpur and Phulpur parliamentary constituencies, Yadav has started crying foul over EVMs (in advance),” UP BJP spokesman Rakesh Tripathi said.
The condition of the Hindu widows is very bad and are kept away from various social programmes, he said. “When will any attention be given to the Hindu widows, and when steps will be taken to provide them equal rights,” he asked the prime minister.
He said the country required leaders who would lead in the fight for secularism. Asked whether the SP would form a joint front with the TMC, Yadav, who is to meet Banerjee later in the day, said he would make a courtesy call to her.
The Congress and Samajwadi Party are keeping a watch whether BSP decides to contest. The party had won the seat in the 2012 state polls.
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The father and son shared the dais in the party headquarters here after a long spell, as workers gathered to wish the SP founder on his 79th birthday.
Most of the 55 members in the new national executive, formed after Akhilesh’s re-election earlier this month as party chief, are those who supported him during the feud in Samajwadi Party family.
The Samajwadi Chatra Sabha won the posts of president, vice president, joint secretary and cultural secretary in the varsity students’ body. The ABVP, which is linked with the ruling BJP, could win only the general secretary’s post.
Asked about chief minister Adityanath campaigning in Gujarat for the Assembly elections, Chaudhary said, “Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and (BJP President) Amit Shah have failed in Gujarat. Apart from playing the Hindu card, the BJP has no other option.”
Samajwadi Party leader Atul Pradhan, who attended the mahapanchayat, said: “From tomorrow, protests will be held at the Collectorate in all districts in western UP, demanding a CBI probe and FIR against officers.”
In the run-up to the Assembly elections in March, the father and son had a falling out that played out in public several times. Mulayam, however, “gave his blessings”, Akhilesh told the gathering on Wednesday.
During the meet, the Samajwadi Party is expected to chalk out its strategy for the 2019 General Elections as well as discuss possible alliances for the upcoming Assembly polls.
Sources said SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav was likely to skip the meeting for the first time since he founded the party.