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Former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur wants to set up a new political party before UP polls

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Ahead of the 2022 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur announced his intention to form a new political party on Friday.

“After consulting with my supporters and well-wishers, I decided to set up a new political party,” Thakur told the media in Lucknow.

He suggested that his new outfit should be called Adhikar Sena and urged supporters to suggest additional names along with the party’s purpose, mission and structure.

The government issued an early retirement order for Thakur on March 23 of this year, on the grounds that he had been found “unsuitable for the remainder of the term”.

Earlier this month, Thakurs’ wife Nutan Thakur announced that she would run against Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“Adityanath has taken many undemocratic, inappropriate, oppressive, harassing and discriminatory steps during his tenure as prime minister. Therefore, Amitabh will challenge the election against Adityanath from anywhere,” she said.

As an officer in the Uttar Pradesh cadre, he would have retired in 2028.

In 2017, Thakur had asked the center to change his cadre status.

The officer was suspended on July 13, 2015, days after he accused Samajwadi party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav of threatening him.

A vigilance investigation was launched against him as well.

However, the Central Administrative Court’s Lucknow Bench upheld his suspension in April 2016 and ordered his full salary reinstatement effective October 11, 2015.

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