SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday claimed he was stopped by authorities at Lucknow airport in a bid to prevent him from visiting Allahabad, triggering outrage by party lawmakers in the state legislature and workers outside the airport.
He posted photographs in which he was seen talking to police officers inside the airport.
When the House reassembled, agitated SP members again rushed to the Well and sat on a dharna, shouting slogans against the Yogi Adityanath government.
"Yogi teri tanashahi nahi chalegi (Yogi government's anarchy will not be tolerated)," they shouted.
Responding to the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said, "I have sought a report on this incident".
"The SP leader had to attend a programme in Prayagraj. The district magistrate informed him to not visit Prayagraj as it could create law and order problems."
Khanna said Yadav was informed about it yesterday, a day before his scheduled visit.
"Law and order is our top priority and we will maintain it at any cost and whatever step is needed for this, we will do... He (Yadav) should abide by law. It is his responsibility. He should not have dishonoured the DM's orders," he said.
Khanna said Samajwadi Party only knows shouting and does not want the House to run.
The SP chief was also said to have had planned to visit the Kumbh Mela on Tuesday.
Adityanath said Yadav visited Kumbh 10 days ago and had taken a holy dip at Sangam.
The issue was also raised in the Legislative Council, leading to the adjournment of the House for 25 minutes during the pre-lunch sitting.
Amid all this high drama, Yadav kept tweeting that he was "prevented from boarding the airplane without any written orders". "Currently detained at Lucknow airport," he claimed.
"It is clear how frightened the govt is by the oath ceremony of a student leader. The BJP knows that youth of our great country will not tolerate this injustice anymore!" Yadav tweeted.
SP leader Indrajeet Saroj, who accompanied Yadav at the airport, said, "We have been stopped on oral orders. We are asking (airport authorities) to give in writing. Akhileshji had to attend several programmes in Allahabad. The administration did not follow protocol meant for a former CM."
The issue also generated heat outside the Vidhan Bhavan.
SP workers gathered outside the assembly complex in the heart of Lucknow to protest the alleged detention. Many of them, wearing red caps, also rushed to the airport.
"Due to Kumbh, there is a huge congregation in Prayagraj. The district administration had intimated the ex-CM's office and Lucknow DM about the university decision," he said.
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