‘UP govt is afraid’: Akhilesh Yadav after being stopped at Lucknow airport

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday 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.

“I was stopped from boarding a flight to Allahabad to attend a students’ union programme. I haven’t been given a reason why but it seems the general impression was that I would create a law and order problem. Chief Minister has given a statement to this effect but they are using this as a cover to hide their nervousness because our youth have had enough,” Yadav said.

Yadav said the BJP has lost Uttar Pradesh, “but more than an election, they have lost the faith that the youth of this country reposed in them”.

He added that the BJP has betrayed the aspirations and hopes of crores of young people in their “blind pursuit” of creating a monochrome India.

“This is what I hear from the youth – We are awake. We are aware. And we will never again be fooled by rhetoric that is designed to divide and conquer,” Yadav said.

“I stand with the youth of Uttar Pradesh and this country, and they stand with me. Today, I ask everyone to come forward and join hands not to win an election but to defeat, and forever stand vigilant against, an ideology that threatens to unravel the beautiful tapestry of our country,” he added.

He also posted photographs in his official Twitter handle in which he was seen talking to police officers inside the airport.

He said he had to attend an oath-taking ceremony at Allahabad university.

When asked, Airport Director AK Sharma said, “I have no such information.” The matter rocked the Uttar Pradesh legislature.

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.

“The present regime is trying to kill democracy and stop our leader from visiting Allahabad,” SP leader Narendra Verma said.

The members also trooped into the Well of the House due to which Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit adjourned the proceedings for 20 minutes during the Question Hour.

The matter was also raised in the Legislative Council, leading to the adjournment of the House for 25 minutes during the pre-lunch sitting.

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