The former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur will be contesting the upcoming Uttar Pradesh election against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. This was announced by his wife Nutan and said it to be a fight for principles. Thakur is ready to pitch himself against the chief Minister from any constituency in the state. His wife Nutan dubbed it a mark of protest against the Chief Minister’s wrongdoings.
He in a video message on Twitter expressed, his colleagues were urging him to contest against the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and he has made up his mind after considering it seriously.
Amitabh Thakur, in the video, labelled Yogi Adityanath’s actions as discriminatory, subversive, intimidating and unconstitutional. He will contest against the CM from whichever constituency the CM Yogi Adityanath contests.
The Home Ministry of India had compulsorily retired him on March 23 from the service deeming him unfit to be retained in the remaining period. He is a 1992 batch IPS officer of UP cadre who had served in seven districts of Uttar Pradesh as Superintendent of Police (SP). He was scheduled to retire in 2028.
Amitabh Thakur has checkered tenure as an IPS officer and had exposed Samajwadi Party MP Mulayam Yadav for bullying him over a call. Thakur was subsequently suspended in 2015 by Akhilesh Yadav led state government. He had petitioned the Union government to change his cadre state in 2017. The government had constituted a vigilance enquiry against Amitabh Thakur.
The Lucknow Bench Central Administrative Tribunal had however stayed his suspension in 2016 while ordering his reinstatement with full remuneration with effect from October 11, 2015.