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Akhilesh stopped from going to Allahabad University

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Former Yadav was on Tuesday prevented from taking a flight to attend an event organised by the at University, triggering a political storm.

Yadav had to take a private plane here but was told by a that the did not have the permission to do so.

A fuming Yadav, who returned home after arguing with the airport officials for about two hours, said the government was so scared of him that they stopped him from going to University.

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

The 45-year-old said that the ruling BJP, by committing such acts, had not only lost the upcoming elections but also earned the ire of the youth.

The development triggered a war of words between the and the

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

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 63-year-old Dalit accused the BJP governments of trying to "curb our political activities". "This is very unfortunate and undemocratic. It will be fought at all levels."

The 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".

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.

After staying put at the airport for more than two hours, the former left for his residence in a huff.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 14:36 IST