Outrage after Akhilesh Yadav stopped from boarding plane in his own state, opposition allege declaration of emergency

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The Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to stop Samajwadi Party leader and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav from boarding a plane to travel to Allahabad has caused a widespread outrage. This was after photos and video of Yadav being forcibly denied by cops to board his Allahabad-bound plane inundated the social media platform Twitter.

Akhilesh Yadav

Yadav himself took to Twitter to post photos of cops and government officials stopping him to board his plane at the Lucknow airport. He wrote, “I was prevented from boarding the airplane without any written orders. Currently detained at Lucknow airport. 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!”

In another tweet, Yadav wrote how he was on his way to attend the oath-taking ceremony of a student leader in Allahabad when officials stopped him from boarding the plane.

Airport Director AK Sharma, according to news agency PTI, said that he had ‘no such information.’

The issue dominated the proceedings of the state assembly SP MLAs trooped into the Well of the House, forcing Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit to adjourn the proceedings for 20 minutes during the Question Hour.

Elsewhere, several prominent non-BJP leaders have extended their support to Yadav. West Bengal Cheif Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “I’ve already spoken to @yadavakhilesh. We all condemn the arrogant attitude of the so-called #BJP ‘leaders’ who didn’t allow Akhilesh to address the students. Even @jigneshmevani80 was not allowed. Where is the democracy in our country? And they are giving lessons to everybody!”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Spoke to Akhilesh ji. We strongly condemn BJP’s conduct. This is yet another example of BJP’s dictatorial attitude.”

BSP supremo Mayawati, who recently made a debut on Twitter, wrote, “Extremely condemnable that Samajwadi Party President and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was stopped at Lucknow airport today in order to prevent him from attending programme in Allahabad. This is anti-democratic and an example of total dictatorship of BJP government.”

Mayawati also asked if the BJP government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh was so afraid of the BSP-SP alliance that ‘it is resorting to anti-democratic methods in order to curb our political activities.’

It’s not clear if Yadav will approach the court to seek a judicial remedy to what’s being viewed as an utterly undemocratic measure taken by a BJP government.

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