Gayatri Prajapati, booked in rape case, breaks down at rally, says has moved SC
Prajapati assured them that he would be amongst the people and would take the stage only when the people would vote for him
Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, the Uttar Pradesh minister and Samajwadi Party candidate from Amethi, said he has moved the Supreme Court to reverse its order incriminating him in a case of gangrape.
Prajapati, while campaigning for the state assembly elections broke down at a rally on Monday, saying he has moved the apex court against the charges levelled against him and that he was confident that it would hear his plea and do justice. He also said that he respected the Supreme Court.
During his address, the minister urged the voters not to support the BJP as it was “corrupt, cruel and indulged in atrocities”. Prajapati assured them that he would be amongst the people and would take the stage only when the people would vote for him. By wiping his tears he also announced that he would remain in the court of people (janata ki adalat) till February 27. He asked them to oust BJP from the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a campaign rally for BJP in Fatehpur on Sunday raised questions about the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. He claimed that the top court had to intervene to get a FIR registered against Prajapati. He said that "goonda raj" is prevailing in the state and police stations have become Samajwadi Party offices.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was in Amethi to seek support for Prajapati. But didn't share the stage with him.
The Lucknow police on Saturday filed FIR against the Minister and six of his associates on Supreme Court directions. They were charged of gang-raping a woman and attempting to molest her minor daughter. The top court has asked the police to file a report in eight weeks.
Akhilesh had sacked Prajapati from the Cabinet last year on corruption charges but was later reinstated at the intervention of then Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.