Samajwadi Party leader and former PWD minister Shivpal Yadav on Sunday hinted that the police lathi charge on people in Jaswantnagar was on the directions of “someone”. But chose to not take any names. Shivpal looks to have again found a way to diplomatically attack his nephew Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. He said the administration didn’t even ask people to move and promptly started a lathi charge when there was a chaos over malfunctioning EVMs and people’s name missing from voter’s list. “The administration was working on someone’s direction,” said Shivpal. “Prashasan ne hatne ko nahi kaha,sidhey lathi charge kar diya.Shaasan kisi ke ishaare par kaam kar raha tha,” said Shivpal.
During the voting people complained about malfunctioning EVM machines and said that their names were not in the voter’s list. Some chaos was created and police resorted to lathi charge after facing trouble in dispersing people.
Earlier on Sunday, Shivpal was attacked by unidentified men when he was on his motorcade. The men pelted stones at his motorcade. He was going around in his election constituency, Jaswantnagar when the incident took place.
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Akhilesh, Shivpal’s nephew with whom he has burnt bridges after a feud said he has no idea about the incident. Akhilesh has been taking a diplomatic stance on all questions related to his uncle and is determined to portray SP as a united party. When asked by media, do you want your uncle Shivpal Yadav to win elections, he said,” I want more and more number of Samajwadi candidates to win elections, (Mai Samajhata hu agar jada se jada Samajwadi log chunaav jeete vo bahut accha hai).”
On Sunday, the third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections was in full swing in Farrukhabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Hardoi, Kannauj, Kanpur rural, Kanpur city, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Auraiyya and Sitapur has 826 candidates contesting from 69 seats.