Will fight Modi from Varanasi: Chandrashekhar Azad

Lucknow: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad said that he is fighting the election against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat as he doesn’t want Modi to win the election by fighting against weak candidates.

“I am afraid that a weaker candidate should not contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by defeating whom he easily walks into the Lok Sabha. I will not let the murderer of my Muslim Dalit and OBC brothers to go to Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh,” said Chandrashekhar Azad.

He said that Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi visited and enquired about his health.

“She asked about my health and wellbeing. She came on her own and I did not invite her, I will not invite others also,” he said.

Congress General Secretary for UP (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who met Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar undergoing treatment at a hospital said that the meeting has no political implications but is rather her support to the voice of a youth fighting against the central government.

“It is to be seen from the perspective that he is a youth and is struggling. He is raising his voice and saying to the society to hear his pain. But this government is so arrogant that it wants to suppress the youth. The government doesn’t want to hear the voice of youth,” said Priyanka Gandhi.

On Monday, Azad was taken into the police custody along with his supporters for allegedly violating the model code of conduct (MCC), which is in force in view of the answer in Lok Sabha election.

Following his arrest, Azad complaint of high blood pressure and fell unconscious. He was admitted to hospital here where he is undergoing treatment.

Who is Chandrashekhar Azad?
Azad hails from Dhadkuli village of Saharanpur, Western Uttar Pradesh. He, along with Vinay Ratan Singh, founded Bhim Army in 2014, an organisation that works for the emancipation of Dalits through education in India. It runs free schools for Dalits in the western Uttar Pradesh. Azad was arrested under the National Security Act by the Uttar Pradesh Government after he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court noting that the arrests were politically motivated, but was continuously imprisoned by the state government.

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With inputs from ANI