Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has made a stunning allegations against the Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath government and the Centre’s Narendra Modi government, accusing them to plan his assassination.
Addressing an election rally in Rampur, Khan said, “The election in Rampur is very dangerous. Polling officials have arrived here to have me defeated and killed. All my licences have been cancelled. I am defenseless. All the licences of my family have been cancelled. I am left all alone now. The Modi government, the Yogi government and the entire administration are conspiring to kill me.”
Khan also said that the administration will resort to poll rigging and other unlawful tactics to ensure his defeat. He said, “They will try every wrong tactic. They tamper the EVMs. They will everything possible,” Khan said.
Khan has been fielded as the joint candidate of the Grand Alliance comprising the SP, the BSP and the RLD from Rampur, his home town. The BJP has fielded actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada against him. Prada. Khan’s former SP colleague, had recently joined the BJP. Prada had recently alleged how Khan harassed her when she was in the SP.
She had said, “Even as a sitting MP (Member of Parliament) from a party, I wasn’t spared. Azam Khan harassed me. He attempted an acid attack on me. I had no certainty if I would be alive the next day. I would tell mother while leaving the house that I wasn’t sure if I would ever return home. I emerged out of it.”
While talking about danger to his life, Azam Khan almost broke down in public. The veteran SP leader was a powerful minister in the previous government in Uttar Pradesh, headed by Akhilesh Yadav. He had won the assembly polls from Rampur in 2017.
Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in seven phases, starting from 11 April. The counting for this year’s Lok Sabha polls will be held on 23 May.