CONGRESS CANDIDATE for mayoral election Ramesh Gupta on Thursday launched a scathing attack on BJP MP Yogi Adityanath.
He alleged that Gorakhnath temple gave preference to a particular caste. He said the traders became victims of some vested interests. Gupta, who is an active member of traders, claimed that he was enjoying the support of all sections of the society.
Gupta claimed that there was an under current in favour of the Congress and the election result would be unpredictable.
Meanwhile, various social and non-government organisations extended their support to independent candidate Prof Anirudh Prasad. Members of national executive of the Indian Social Action Forum Dr Harsh Kumar Sinha appealed to the people to support Prof Prasad.
Prof Prasad criticised the violation of election code and said the Election Commission was overlooking the expenses made by various candidates.
He called upon the people to boycott the candidates contesting election on the basis of muscle and money power. BSP-supported candidates engineer Chhedi Prasad and district president of the party Pashupati Nath Ravikul, Devendra Nishad and others intensified their mass contact campaigning.
Office bearers of Gorakhpur Tobacco Traders Association Ram Kishor Viyahut and Abdul Majeed extended their support to SP candidate Sitaram Jaiswal. The party also organised a meeting and criticised the BJP for racking up the sentimental issue.
SP district president Chandrabali Yadav, state president Jaiprakash Yadav, MLC Ganesh Shanker Pandey, and former MLC Devendra Pratap Singh highlighted Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s policies for development.
They appealed to the people to ensure the victory of party candidate Sitaram Jaiswal.