Published On: Tue, Feb 12th, 2019

Govt prevents Akhilesh Yadav from visiting Allahabad University

Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was on Tuesday prevented from taking a flight to attend an event organised by the Students Union at Allahabad University.

SP has a history of lawlessness and his visit could have created problems

Yadav had to take a private plane here but was told by a senior district official that the Samajwadi Party leader did not have the permission to do so.

A fuming Akhilesh Yadav, who returned home after arguing with the airport officials for some time, said the state government was so scared of him that they stopped him from going to Allahabad University.

Calling it “remote control politics of two-and-a-half men”, Yadav alleged that he was detained at the airport on the premise that his presence at the Allahabad University could lead to law and order issues.

The development triggered a war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party.

As the news spread, scores of Samajwadi Party workers and leaders rushed to the airport and raised anti-government slogans.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati denounced the action against Yadav.

She wondered if the central and state BJP governments were so afraid of the BSP-SP alliance that they were resorting to such “anti-democratic methods”.

The state government dismissed the allegations and said the university authorities had on February 2 asked Yadav not to visit as the university disapproved of “political participation in campus events”.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the decision was taken by the district administration based on the threat assessment of violence.

“SP has a history of lawlessness and his visit could have created problems. There was a fear of student groups creating law and order problem,” he said.

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