New Delhi: Police on Wednesday registered a case against 296 people in connection with the protest by Samajwadi Party (SP) workers. In this regard, a case has also been registered against 2 MPs including 46 people. The development comes a day after protests were held in Prayagraj against the denial of permission for party chief Akhilesh Yadav to travel to the city.
Meanwhile, a 15-member joint delegation of SP-BSP submits a memorandum to Governor Ram Naik over the matter of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav stopped at Lucknow Airport on Tuesday.
Hundreds of party workers wearing red party caps took to the streets and raised anti-Modi and anti-Yogi slogans on Tuesday. The protesters were led by Budayun MP Dharmendra Yadav, Phulpur MP Nagendra Patel, and Gorakhpur MP Praveen Nishad.
There were also reports of the police using force against the agitators. Windows of parked vehicles broke due to stone pelting. Protests broke out in Allahabad, Jaunpur, Jhansi, Kannauj, Balrampur, Jalaun, Azamgarh and Gorakhpur, among other places, where SP supporters smashed windscreens of vehicles and clashed with the police. Roads were blocked in Gorakhpur. (Also read: Posters Projecting Akhilesh as Next PM Seen in Lucknow)
Agitated SP legislators also sat on dharna outside Raj Bhawan against the “undemocratic behaviour” of the BJP government after staging a noisy protest in the UP legislature. They relented when Governor Ram Naik sent a message to them that he would meet their delegation tomorrow.
The stir started after Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was stopped at the Lucknow airport by the state police while he was on his way to Prayagraj. This led to protests by SP workers right outside the airport. Yadav was scheduled to attend a student union function at the Allahabad University.
Taking to Twitter, Yadav had said, “The state government is so scared of me going to the swearing-in ceremony of a student leader that I am being stopped at the Lucknow airport.”
He had tweeted, “I was prevented from boarding the airplane without any written orders. Currently detained at Lucknow airport. It is clear how frightened the govt is by the oath ceremony of a student leader. The BJP knows that the youth of our great country will not tolerate this injustice anymore!”
I was prevented from boarding the aeroplane without any written orders. Currently detained at Lucknow airport.
It is clear how frightened the govt is by the oath ceremony of a student leader. The BJP knows that the youth of our great country will not tolerate this injustice anymore!
In response, Adityanath lashed out at his predecessor, saying that the SP has a history of anarchy and the decision was taken by the district administration based on the threat assessment of violence.
Later, it had emerged that the university had written to the SP chief, explaining why he could not attend the event. The University Registrar wrote that politicians were not allowed in its varsity programmes.
Allahabad University Registrar had yesterday written to Personal Secretary of Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav, informing him that politicians are not allowed in university programmes.
In January, the SP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced an alliance for the coming Lok Sabha elections. Uttar Pradesh sends that maximum number of MPs, 80, to Lok Sabha.