Anti-democratic, total dictatorship: Mayawati on prevention of Akhilesh to visit Prayagraj

Lucknow : BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday lashed out at the Yogi Adityanath-led government for stopping Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav from going to Prayagjraj to attend a programme at the Allahabad University.

She termed the move “anti-democratic” and an example of “total dictatorship of the BJP government”.
Earlier today, Akhilesh Yadav had said that he was prevented from boarding the aeroplane without any written orders. He was stopped at Lucknow airport.

“Extremely condemnable that Samajwadi Party (SP) national president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was stopped at Lucknow airport today in order to prevent him from attending a programme in Allahabad. This is anti-democratic and an example of total dictatorship of the BJP government,” Mayawati said in a statement.

“Is the BJP government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh so afraid of the BSP-SP alliance that it is resorting to anti-democratic methods in order to curb our political activities? This is very unfortunate and this undemocratic step will be fought at all levels,” she added.

Akhilesh also echoed similar sentiments and tweeted, “It is clear how frightened the government is by the oath ceremony of a student leader. The BJP knows that the youth of our great country will not tolerate this injustice anymore!”

Chief Minister Adityanath, however, said that the decision not to allow Yadav to attend the event was taken by the university authorities.

“It was the Allahabad University administration which asked the government to stop Yadav from coming to Prayagraj as there was an apprehension that his visit might spark violence on the campus between students’ groups. That is why he has been stopped from going to Prayagraj,” the chief minister added.