Police were deployed and the road to SP office was sealed ahead of Akhilesh Yadav’s march for farmers in Kannauj. The SP called the UP Police undemocratic while claiming that the state government is afraid that Akhilesh is going to participate in the ‘Kisan Yatra’.
Akhilesh Yadav was slated to travel to Kannuaj for a rally as part of the ‘Kisan Yatra’ in support of farmers. (PTI File)
Ahead of Akhilesh Yadav’s visit to Kannauj for a ‘Kisan Yatra’, a road near the Samajwadi Party in Lucknow was sealed and barricades were placed by the Uttar Pradesh Police, prompting the party to term the move as “undemocratic.”
Akhilesh Yadav, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, was to travel to Kannuaj for a tractor rally as part of the ‘Kisan Yatra’ in support of farmers protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws and the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by them on Tuesday. The 13-km yatra was planned from Thathia to Tirwa.
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“This is an undemocratic move by the state government,” SP national spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said. “The government is feeling afraid that Akhilesh Yadav is going to participate in the ‘Kisan Yatra’. Peaceful demonstration is the democratic right of every individual, and the government is adamant on violating it,” the SP spokesperson said.
Gautampalli SHO Chandrashekhar Singh told news agency PTI, “Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav was to go to Kannauj for a programme, but the Kannauj district magistrate did not give permission for it. Hence, the portion of the Vikramaditya Marg leading to the SP office has been sealed.”
SP’s support to farmers’ protest
The SP had on Sunday said that it will organise farmer rallies in all districts of Uttar Pradesh from December 7, beginning with Kannauj.
“Under the BJP’s rule, farmers have faced injustice. The BJP is selling of ‘mandis’ and the farmers are not even getting minimum support price for paddy. The prices of fertilisers and pesticides have gone up. The BJP government has shown an insensitive attitude towards farmers,” the SP said in the statement on Sunday.
The SP is among the several political parties, including the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, that are supporting the nationwide strike called by farmers.