Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday was detained by the police after he launched a sit-in protest outside his residence in Lucknow when he was stopped from going to Kannauj to lead his Kisan Yatra. Meanwhile, hundreds of workers of the party, who continued with their protest against the Centre’s three farm laws, were arrested in Kannauj.
Even as the administration has sealed his the road leading to his residence in Lucknow’s Vikramaditya Marg ahead of his Kisan Yatra, Yadav along with his party workers broke police barricades and sat in the middle of the road and raised slogans. Shortly after his sit-in protest, he was detained by the police, bundled in a police van and taken away from the spot in the heart of Lucknow.
Kannauj district magistrate Rakesh Mishra told NDTV that they were informed that people will gather at one spot and launch a procession from there, and that he understands that any crowd that remains static for half an hour or an hour, doesn’t help anyone, not even the SP President. The administration had even requested that the programme be dropped, he added.
The 13-km Kisan Yatra from Thathia to Tirwa in Kannauj was to launch the Samajwadi Party’s farmer protests across all districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier, Yadav had tweeted an Urdu couplet that said wherever one looks, the people are against you. Oh tyrant, who all will you detain?
Meanwhile, the SP party workers protesting at Chilla border were also detained by the police. The workers started a march from sector 63 Noida when they were stopped by heavy police personnel. All the party workers were taken to Surajpur police line.
SP National Spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said peaceful demonstration is the democratic right of every individual, and the government is adamant on violating it. The government is afraid of Akhilesh Yadav participating in the Kisan Yatra, news agency PTI reported.