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UP elections: Akhilesh announces sops for farmers, takes pledge to defeat BJP

Lucknow, January 17, 2022

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said that when his party comes to power, he would ensure minimum support price for all crops for farmers.

He said that he would create a farmers' revolving fund to ensure payment of cane dues besides making adequate arrangements for ensuring free irrigation, loan, pension and insurance for them. He also said that he would withdraw all cases lodged against farmers and the families of those who had died during the agitation would be given Rs 25 lakhs each.

Yadav said that all this would be included in the Samajwadi Party's manifesto for the February-March Assembly elections which would be released after the BJP came out with its manifesto.

Farmer leader Tajinder Virk, who was among those injured in the October 3, 2021 Lakhimpur incident, administered a pledge with a fistful of wheat and rice to defeat "those who had heaped atrocities on farmers".

Comparing the Lakhimpur Kheri incident with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Akhilesh Yadav said that, by mowing down innocent farmers, the BJP had committed an unpardonable crime.

He said that it was the unity of farmers that had forced the BJP to withdraw the three Central farm laws.

The SP president said that the BJP and its leaders had been openly violating the model code of conduct. He said that he would soon lodge a formal complaint with the Election Commission and hoped that they would take action accordingly.

Replying to a question on the failure of alliance talks with Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar, Akhilesh Yadav said that he had offered two seats but does not know why the same was turned down.

"Chandra Shekhar should know that Dr Ambedkar and Dr Lohia worked together and he should also work together in a positive spirit with us and as a brother," he said.

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