UP: SP march to UP Assembly stopped, party chief Akhilesh Yadav sits on dharna

As the SP MLAs started gathering at the site, the police barricaded the entire area and deployed heavy security outside their office in the city.

FPJ Web Desk PTIUpdated: Monday, September 19, 2022, 03:29 PM IST
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The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday stopped the protest march taken out by the Samajwadi Party (SP) highlighting the issues in the Yogi Adityanath-led state before the monsoon session of the state legislature.

As the SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, legislators and other party workers began moving towards the Vidhan Bhavan from the party office located on Vikramaditya Marg, police stopped them near Vikramaditya Marg crossing.

Following this the party chief and the other party leaders sat on a dharna there.

SP's chief spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said on Sunday, "During the march, the party MLAs and MLCs will raise issues of unemployment, price rise, crime against women and poor law and order situation in the state."

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Piyush Mordia told PTI that the SP leaders were stopped near Vikramaditya Marg crossing. "No arrests have been made so far in this regard," Mordia said.

He added the party was given a route to take out their march but they did not opt for that route and went on another route, following which they were stopped so that the common public does not face any inconvenience and there is no law and order problem.

In view of the march, barricades were put up on Vikramaditya Marg by the police and the public was not allowed to use the road. A large number of security personnel were deployed at the State Assembly as well.

The SP chief reached the party office at around 10 am, from where he, along with other legislators and party workers, started marching towards the Vidhan Bhavan.

While speaking to ANI about the ongoing protest by SP, CM Adityanath said, "There is no harm if any party asks their questions in a democratic way. Samajwadi Party should take permission for any procession which should not harm anyone. Following laws & order is too much of an expectation from Samajwadi Party leaders."

The party's planned protest at the Legislative Assembly against inflation, unemployment, and the law-and-order situation in the state could not begin on September 14 as police stopped its leaders from reaching the spot.

Police personnel were stationed outside the SP office and the residences of its leaders in Lucknow hours before the scheduled protest. Heavy police deployment was also visible near the Legislative Assembly in Hazratganj.

The protest was scheduled to start in front of the statue of former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh on the Assembly premises.

The police personnel deployed outside the SP office stopped the party's leaders from reaching the Legislative Assembly for the protest. They were instead taken to Eco-Garden.

(With inputs: PTI)

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