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In Covid lockdown, UP government left people to die, says Akhilesh

🔴 The pictures seen in the state during the pandemic “were not even seen during the Partition”, Akhilesh alleged at a rally organised in Lalitpur district’s Ginaut Bagh area.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: December 3, 2021 3:41:36 am
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Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday lashed out at the Yogi Adityanath government, accusing it of leaving people to die during the lockdown imposed last year because of the Covid pandemic.  He alleged that those walking back home were sopped from entering Uttar Pradesh.

The pictures seen in the state during the pandemic “were not even seen during the Partition”, Akhilesh alleged at a rally organised in Lalitpur district’s Ginaut Bagh area.  “The BJP government put up barricades and did not allow them to enter the state. The government left people like orphans to die. Labourer brothers put their lives at risk and had to walk hundreds of kilometres to reach their home on foot,” said the former chief minister.

“Had there been our government in the state, not a single labourer would have been allowed to walk on foot. They would have been given a vehicle to reach their destination.

Earlier in the day, the SP president unveiled a statue of the Khangar community’s icon Maharaja Khet Singh Khangar, and promised that a caste census would be held if his party was voted to power in UP next year. The Bundelkhand region has a sizeable population of Khangars, who ruled parts of Bundelkhand from the 12th century to the 14th century.

“Those whose caste is only on paper don’t want a caste census to be done. If the counting of castes is done, then maybe Khangar society may have a huge number of people. For now, they are counted under Backward and Dalit at different places. When we form the government, we will do a caste census,” Akhilesh added.

In a veiled attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the SP chief said, “Those who are backward only on paper can never do anything good for you and me. Those who can’t count, how will they bring in welfare schemes. When we do a caste census, we will give a share based on population numbers. This is what Dr Ambedkar wanted.”

The former chief minister also took a dig at incumbent chief minister Yogi Adityanath, saying, “A yogi is the one who feels the pain of others as his own. You tell whether he feels so.”

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