Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh assembly elections are scheduled to be held next year and they are going to be rather exciting. Former UP cadre IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, who was given premature retirement by the Centre, will be contesting the state assembly polls against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his family has announced. In a statement issued here, Amitabh Thakur’s wife Nutan said it is a fight of principles for him.Also Read - SP Workers Purify Places Visited by UP CM Yogi Adityanath With Gangajal; Booked

“Sri Adityanath undertook many undemocratic, improper, suppressive, harassing and discriminatory steps during his tenure as Chief Minister,” she alleged. “Hence, Amitabh shall be contesting the election against Sri Adityanath from any place he contests. “It is a fight for principles for him, where he shall be presenting his protest to the wrongdoings,” she said. Also Read - Mahant Narendra Giri Suicide: Main Accused Anand Giri Arrested | Important Details Here

Following a decision by the Union Home Ministry, Thakur was given compulsory retirement on March 23 this year in “public interest”. He was “not found fit to be retained for the remaining tenure of his service”, an order from the Union Home Ministry had said of Thakur, who would have completed his service in 2028. “In the public interest, Amitabh Thakur is being given premature retirement before completion of his service with immediate effect,” the order had said. Also Read - Ramlila: With Covid Protocols in Focus, Noida Begins Preparations | Check Guidelines Here

In 2017, Thakur had urged the Centre to change his cadre state. The officer was suspended on July 13, 2015, days after he had accused Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh of threatening him. A vigilance enquiry was also initiated against him. However, the Lucknow Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal stayed his suspension in April 2016 and ordered his reinstatement with full salary with effect from October 11, 2015.

(Based on PTI inputs)