A political heat in Uttar Pradesh after the BJP government stopped Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav from flying to Prayagraj, where he was scheduled to attend a students’ union function at Allahabad University.
While authorities said that concern was about Mr. Yadav’s visit leading to a law and order situation as the reason for its action, the SP chief alleged vindictive tactics on the part of the Uttar Pradesh government.
Mr. Yadav was prevented from boarding a special flight at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport here, with one official blocking his path by standing on the stairs of the aircraft while other policemen looked on.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath justified the government’s action by citing a plea from the AU administration, which he claimed had asked the State to prevent Mr. Yadav’s visit on the grounds that student rivalry could lead to violent clashes and a law and order situation on campus “The SP should refrain from its unruly activities,” Mr. Adityanath asserted.
Dismissing the State administration’s stand, Mr. Yadav said the Chief Minister’s comments were a “cover to hide their nervousness because our youth have had enough”.