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2024 election is between people who want to 'change' Constitution and those against it: SP chief

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Barabanki/Lucknow (UP), May 12 (PTI) Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said the ongoing Lok Sabha election is between people who want to "change the constitution" and those protecting it.

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Yadav took part in a rally here in support of Tanuj Punia, the INDIA bloc candidate who is contesting Barabanki Lok Sabha seat on a Congress ticket.

"On one side are the people who want to change the Constitution and on the other side are the people of INDIA bloc, SP and Congress who want to protect it," Yadav said while addressing the rally.

"The election here has turned out to be between people of Barabanki and false guarantees," he said.

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The public has taken matters into their own hands and are not going to spare those who talk about running the double engine government, Yadav said.

While attacking the BJP-led central government for inflation and bringing "black farm laws", the SP chief said, "These people brought farm laws to snatch the lands of the poor farmers and give to the big industrialists." Yadav said that after coming to power the INDIA bloc government will ensure guaranteed minimum support price for the crops produced by farmers.

Talking about youngsters, Akhilesh said that the BJP has also cheated them by not providing jobs or by stopping paper leaks of recruitment exams.

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He said that if BJP comes to power again, the jobs of police personnel will be made temporary.

Uttar Pradesh's former chief minister, Yadav, said that the INDIA bloc government will improve the quality of free ration being given to the poor .

He also attacked the BSP alleging that it has joined hands with the BJP. "I want to say to our people of bahujan samaj that you must have seen that BSP and BJP have joined hands in hiding. So, beware of them and vote for the INDIA bloc candidate to ensure his victory." Tanuj Punia is pitted against Rajrani Rawat of BJP.

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Yadav also held a public meeting in Lucknow's Mohanlalganj area in support of party candidates from Lucknow Lok Sabha Ravidas Mehrotra and from Mohanlalganj Lok Sabha seat RK Chaudhary.

"This is the first election where I am seeing the public contesting the election itself against those who have come with 'guarantees'," he said.

"The BJP government waived off the loans of big industrialists but not of the farmers. Once the INDIA bloc government is formed, we will waive off the loan of farmers," he said.

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We will also make arrangements for farmers who grow mangoes and other fruits so that they could easily take their produce to Delhi and other cities, Yadav said.

The Samajwadi Party will never accept the Agnipath scheme of recruitment in armed forces and asserted to bring back the old scheme.

"If BJP comes to power the farmers will get fertilizer in packets and biscuits in packet of one biscuit each," Yadav said.

He also accused the ruling BJP in the state of reducing the quality of free ration being given to the poor. "We will provide free and nutritious atta (flour) and free mobile data so that the children in villages use internet and move ahead in life." Talking about Electoral bonds, Yadav said that they have uncovered the corruption of the BJP and it has resulted in inflation.

Polling in Barabanki, Mohanlalganj and Lucknow is on May 20 in the fifth phase of ongoing Lok Sabha Elections. PTI CDN NB

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