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Samajwadi Party worker attempts suicide after defeat in UP election

Narendra Singh was upset with the loss of the Samajwadi Party in the poll, which was why he decided to take the extreme step, the SHO of the Hazratganj PS said

A worker of the attempted self-immolation outside the BJP party office in Kanpur, following the news of the political organisation’s defeat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, the police said. The Samajwadi Parrty worker has been identified as 40-year-old Narendra Singh alias Pintu Thakur, a resident of Dhankutti Civil Line police station, Kotwali Kanpur Nagar.

The man reportedly raised political slogans before the act. Police recovered a membership card of the from Singh. According to the police, he sprinkled inflammable material over himself and set himself on fire.

Police personnel deployed there — some in khaki and others in plainclothes — reacted immediately and doused the flames.

The station house officer (SHO) of Hazratganj police station, Shyam Babu Shukla, said the worker had been admitted to a hospital.

In the initial investigation, it surfaced that Narendra Singh was upset with the Samajwadi Party’s loss and that is why he decided to take the extreme step, the SHO said. Shukla said, “Narendra Singh was taken to the civil hospital in a police van. He sustained minor burn injuries on his neck, face and forearms but is out of danger.”

A video of the incident went viral on social media. The police present on the spot rushed Surendra Singh to a hospital.

Meanwhile, with voters in Uttar Pradesh delivering a two-thirds mandate to the BJP, Yogi Adityanath is set to script history as the only chief minister to return to power in the state after completing a full five-year term.

For the and its chief Akhilesh Yadav, the stakes were equally high. While the opposition party managed to double its number of seats compared to 2017, it was unable to defeat the incumbent BJP.

Mandate 2022 not just settled BJP as the overwhelmingly dominant force in the state’s politics for now, but also planted Mulayam Singh Yadav’s heir Akhilesh as its principal rival, thanks to BSP’s repeat decimation and the INC’s failure to emerge from the margins despite the time and energy invested by Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra. It is a vast change from the -Babri demolition phase when the under its founder and patriarch had to contend with a rising BSP and also a falling but vibrant INC. Their overlapping catchment area led to a division that hurt the Samajwadi Party at the hustings. No wonder, Akhilesh Yadav’s party could gain a mandate to rule only in 2012 when, after the withering away of BJP, it was the only challenger to the BSP.

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