Samajwadi Party on Friday promised pension for anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protestors in Uttar Pradesh if voted to power. SP leader Ram Govind Chaudhary said their party would also give compensation to the kin of those jailed or killed during anti-CAA protests in the state. Criticizing the move, BJP said it was in the DNA of SP to honor rioters.
After senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Govind Chaudhary, party chief Akhilesh Yadav confirmed that anti-CAA protesters will receive a pension if their party had voted to power. Chaudhary also announced that when the Samajwadi Party comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, it would confer the award of 'Samvidhan Rakshak' on all those who protested against the CAA.
Earlier, former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav had said that once the party is back to power it would not only help the anti-CAA protesters but will also order inquiries against Uttar Pradesh police personnel who unleashed atrocities on the people during anti-CAA protests in the state. The SP president in his earlier press conference had accused the BJP of diverting the people’s attention from other serious issues like unemployment and fledgling economy through the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 and National Register of Citizens (NRC).