TO PROTEST the changing of names of welfare schemes started by the UPA government, the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee defaced hoardings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the state with black ink on Sunday, and burnt his effigy at some places.
This is the first time the Congress has decided to deface political hoardings in the state as a form of protest. In Lucknow, the protest was led by Congress state president Nirmal Khatri and district president Gaurav Chaudhary, while others districts were asked to follow suit.
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While the party defaced hoardings of the Ujjwala scheme in Lucknow, similar exercises were carried out in Gorakhpur, Unnao, Chitrakoot, Sitapur, Bareli, Badaun, among others. Districts which were unable to participate this Sunday have been asked to do it on Monday.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Khatri justified the move saying, “The central government is removing the names of our leaders and former Prime Ministers like Nehru ji and Indira ji. Secondly, fall in crude oil prices is not being reflected in the petrol and diesel prices. On these two issues, neither we nor public wish to see the face of the Prime Minister. Thus, we decided to adopt this form of protest.”