Minister Who Will Fight Akhilesh Yadav Alleges Attack: “Heard Firing Too”

Minister Who Will Fight Akhilesh Yadav Alleges Attack: “Heard Firing Too”

SP Singh Baghel said his car was attacked and he sustained injuries.

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav’s BJP rival in Karhal, where he is contesting his first Uttar Pradesh election, has claimed a “violent attack” by Samajwadi workers.

SP Singh Baghel today filed an FIR (First Information Report) with the police alleging that his car was attacked by Samajwadi Party supporters at a village and that shots were fired.

“My car was attacked, I have sustained injuries. I heard shots of firing too,” Mr Baghel told NDTV.

The incident allegedly took place at Kaprai village, where an NDTV team had gone to interview Mr Baghel, a Union Minister.

There is no video of the alleged attack but heckling by rival party workers was caught on NDTV’s camera. Mr Baghel alleges that he was attacked at the same village.

In the interview, Mr Baghel insisted that the BJP would win in this Samajwadi Party stronghold as voters, he said, were upset with Akhilesh Yadav and his party.

“The SP won in 2017. But this time, it has become very easy for us because of voters’ anger. Karhal is a part of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Mainpuri constituency and people are fed up of the lawlessness here. The people of Karhal will reject them. There is oppression, land grabbing, crimes against women…,” Mr Baghel said.

While he was talking, a group started shouting slogans in favour of Akhilesh Yadav.

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