Gorakhpur: Yogi Adityanath shares stage with murder accused Nautanwa MLA Amanmani Tripathi

Sohit Mishra
Apart from sharing the stage with CM Adityanath, Tripathi has also put up several hoardings across Gorakhpur town welcoming the chief minister's visit to the city.

Gorakhpur, Apr 30: While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday issued a stern warning to criminal elements asking them to leave the state or else they would be jailed, he was sharing the stage with Nautanwa MLA Amanmani Tripathi, accused of murdering his wife. Ironically, while Tripathi was on the stage, CM Yogi said that no one in the state will be allowed to “play with law”. Sitting few seats away from Yogi Adityanath’s chair, Tripathi was later seen greeting the CM and touching his feet.

It is been reported that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was unhappy with Tripathi sharing the stage with UP CM Yogi Adityanath who has been raising his voice against the growing crime in the state. Reports suggest that the BJP has stated that the party did not invite Tripathi to the program and he was there on the invitation of the government. Yogi Adityanath is on a two-day tour of Gorakhpur.

Currently out in bail, Tripathi is accused of murdering his wife Sara Singh. After being alleged of murdering his wife, the Samajwadi Party denied ticket to Tripathi after which he contested the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections from jail as an independent candidate. Before the announcement of the results on March 11, the Allahabad High Court granted bail to Tripathi on March 9 this year.

Tripathi was successful in winning the Nautanwa seat and he won the seat by defeating his nearest rival by a margin of 32,478 votes. After winning the polls, the Nautanwa MLA visited Gorakhnath Temple and later also met Yogi Adityanath. It was then assumed that Tripathi may join the BJP soon.

Apart from sharing the stage with the UP CM, the independent MLA has also put up several hoardings across Gorakhpur town welcoming the chief minister’s visit to the city. The hoardings carried pictures of CM Yogi along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.