Akhilesh Yadav "Detained" While Trying To Board Plane At Lucknow Airport

Akhilesh Yadav "Detained" While Trying To Board Plane At Lucknow Airport

Akhilesh Yadav "Detained" While Trying To Board Plane At Lucknow Airport 

New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party leader, Akhilesh Yadav tweeted that he was "detained" at the Lucknow airport after he was stopped by the police from boarding a special flight to Prayagraj city. The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh was scheduled to attend a function of the Allahabad University Students' Union this afternoon.

Akhilesh Yadav took to twitter to post photos from the Lucknow airport which show a police officer standing at the stairs of the aircraft, blocking the path to board. The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is seen arguing with a police officer on the tarmac. The Samajwadi Party leader's media team put up a video which shows a man in civil clothes physically stopping him from entering Lucknow's Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport.  Akhilesh Yadav can be heard shouting "haath mat lagao (don't put your hands) " before a member of his security team pushed him aside. 

The former UP CM was planning to visit Allahabad University to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the students' union. The Samajwadi Party Chatra Sabha,  the student wing of the Samajwadi Party holds the post of president of the university students' union.

"The government is afraid of oath-taking ceremony of a student leader and is stopping me at the airport to prevent me from visiting Allahabad," Mr Yadav said. He left the airport after he was denied permission to board the flight.

Meanwhile, Allahabad University had written to Akhilesh Yadav's personal secretary yesterday, informing him that politicians are not allowed for events at the university.

"The Samajwadi Party 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 organisations. Hence, the government took this step," Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said.

After the news had gone viral, many of the party workers and leaders rushed to the airport.

The Uttar Pradesh assembly was shaken, following the incident. As soon as Samajwadi Party legislators came to know about their national president being stopped at the airport, they tried to raise the matter during Question Hour in the assembly. "The present regime is trying to kill democracy and stop our leader from visiting Allahabad," party leader Narendra Verma said.

"I directly blame the chief minister. Akhilesh (Yadav) had the permission. It was at the directions of the chief minister that he was stopped. They didn't even let him reach Allahabad," senior Samajwadi Party leader and Akhilesh Yadav's uncle Ram Gopal Yadav said.

Maywati, the BSP supremo, who formed an alliance with Akhilesh Yadav for the national election, described the episode as "anti-democratic" and "an example of total dictatorship of BJP government". "This is very unfortunate and this undemocratic step will be fought at all levels," Ms Maywati tweeted. "Is the BJP government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh so afraid of BSP-SP alliance that it is resorting to anti-democratic methods to curb our political activities," she asked.

Back in 2015, when Akhilesh Yadav was Uttar Pradesh's chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, who was the then the BJP lawmaker from Gorakhpur could not visit the university for a similiar students' union programme after prolonged protests by the Samajwadi Party's youth wing.

To oppose Akhilesh Yadav's visit, the students affiliated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad(ABVP), the youth wing of the BJP's ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) , have led protest marches at Allahabad University.

(With inputs from PTI and ANI)