Suspended Former IPS To Contest Against Yogi Adityanath


Picture Source: The Indian Express

In Picture, Amitabh Thakur


A former Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer, Amitabh Thakur, was forced into compulsory retirement in "public interest" by the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, on March 23rd. In an order from the Union Home Ministry, it was said about Mr. Thakur that he was "not found fit to be retained for the remaining tenure of his service." Mr. Thakur would have otherwise been able to complete his tenure till 2028, if not for his premature forced retirement. He has appealed to the Centre to change his cadre state in 2017.


His family, now, has given out a statement declaring that Mr. Thakur would be contesting the upcoming State Assembly elections against the current CM, Yodi Adityanath, from any place he contests. His wife, Nutan, has called this "a fight for principles", and has mentioned how Adityanath's regime and actions have been undemocratic, suppressive and discriminating. This, for Mr. Thakur, would be a fight against Adityanath's improper steps, and the former would protest against those, through his participation in the polls.


The upcoming Uttar Pradesh State Legislative Assembly is scheduled for 2022, that is, the next year.