The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered the withdrawal of a 22-year-old case against Yogi Adityanath under a new law made last week, which provides amnesty to politicians from what the Chief Minister had called "non-serious" cases against them.

Under the law, 20,000 cases against politicians will be withdrawn. On Friday, the Chief Minister had said, "These 20,000 cases are not serious and have been pending for a very long time".

The case against Yogi Adityanath involves flouting prohibitory orders and holding a meeting in Gorakhpur in 1995. Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla and BJP lawmaker Sheetal Pandey are also named in the case.

The opposition Samajwadi Party has accused the BJP government of withdrawing criminal cases against the BJP politicians.

"It has started with Yogi Adityanath and now, all politicians are hoping that their cases will be withdrawn," said former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. "It remains to be seen if it is going to be just 'inconsequential cases' as the Chief Minister puts it, or will the government also withdraws serious cases," he added.

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