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Jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, the Ex-BSF Jawan who had previously raised the issue of quality of food provided to armed force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, announced on Friday that he will be contesting from the Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. His social media post went viral, bringing out the actual picture of how Indian soldiers are treated in our country which is led by a government that claims to put the armed forces their priority over everything else. Yadav was dismissed from service after this controversy.

Varanasi is the seat from which current Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be seeking the public vote to power. To quote him as he responded to Hindustan Times, “My motive is not to win or lose. It is to highlight how this government has failed the forces, especially paramilitary forces. PM Modi seeks votes in the name of our jawans but has done nothing for them. Our paramilitary jawans (CRPF men) killed recently in Pulwama were not even given martyr status by this government.”

He is hopeful to use the election platform to raise issues about corruption in the armed forces.

He has challenged his dismissal from the forces alleging wrongful discharge from service. “At least the government could have bothered to address the corruption issue I had raised. Its actions to suppress my voice only shows this government is party to large scale corruption in the forces,” Yadav said.

Earlier, 111 farmers from Tamil Nadu, led by leader P Ayyakannu had announced that they will be contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark their protest against the current government. Varanasi is a BJP strong-hold from where the current Prime Minister sought votes and won in the last Lok Sabha elections as well.

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