Uproar In Legislature After Yogi Adityanath Govt 'Stops' Akhilesh Yadav At Airport

| February 12 , 2019 , 16:01 IST

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday claimed he was stopped at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in a bid to prevent him from visiting Allahabad to attend an oath-taking ceremony at Allahabad University.

"The government is afraid of oath ceremony of a student leader and is stopping me at the airport to prevent me from visiting Allahabad," Yadav claimed.

Akhilesh Yadav took to his twitter account and shared the pictures. “I was prevented from boarding the airplane without any written orders,” he tweeted. “It is clear how frightened the government 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!”

Akhilesh also held a press conference shortly after the incident and attacked the Adityanath government.

He said, “I was supposed to address the students there (Prayagraj). Adityanath government has ill intentions. We had shared event details on December 27. Permission was denied despite prior notice.”

He added, “They have betrayed the aspirations and hopes of crores of young people in their blind pursuit of creating a monochrome India.”

As soon as Samajwadi Party members came to know about their national president being stopped at the airport, they tried to raise the matter during Question Hour in the assembly forcing Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit to adjourn proceedings for 20 minutes. Proceedings in the Legislative Council were disrupted for 25 minutes during the pre-lunch session. “The present regime is trying to kill democracy and stop our leader from visiting Allahabad,” said Samajwadi Party leader Narendra Verma.

Airport Director AK Sharma, however, told PTI that he had no information about Yadav’s detention.

Commenting on the development, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, "The SP should refrain from its anarchist activities. Allahabad University requested that Akhilesh Yadav’s visit may create law and order problem because of the dispute between student organizations. Hence the government took this step."

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, who has formed an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the Lok Sabha elections, condemned the incident.

“This is anti-democratic and an example of a total dictatorship of BJP government,” she tweeted. “Is the BJP government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh so afraid of the BSP-SP alliance that it is resorting to anti-democratic methods in order to curb our political activities. This is very unfortunate and this undemocratic step will be fought at all levels.”