Despite Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath categorically stating that it was Allahabad University's decision to not allow Akhilesh Yadav entry into their premises, which was later backed by Prayagraj's district collector's letter, the Samajwadi Party workers continued on with their protests against the state government on Wednesday.
The law and order in UP's capital, Lucknow, went for a toss as the SP workers created chaos through sloganeering and violent protests, forcing the cops to detain a few of the protestors and even resort to lathicharge.
The protestors were caught on camera trying to burn the effigy of state CM Yogi Adityanath. The cops have been trying their utmost best to calm the situation, but are being outnumbered by the SP workers.
On Tuesday, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had intended to visit the Allahabad University to attend the swearing-in ceremony of a student leader. But according to the former UP CM, he was detained at the Lucknow airport and not allowed to board the plane by the authorities.
He alleged that it was the state government not allowing him to visit Prayagraj and enter the Allahabad University. But his claims were dismissed by Yogi Adityanath, who stated that it was the University authorities who denied the SP chief permission.
"Allahabad University has urged that if Akhilesh Yadav comes to the University, then there can take place a law and order situation. It can pose a threat to the law and order in the university. Allahaband University requested the police in the matter and that is why the government stopped him. It is because of anarchy of Samajwadi party that the university requested to control the situation," he said.
Republic TV also accessed a letter by the District collector of Prayagraj, which had clearly stated that politicians are not allowed in the University campus and due to which the SP chief was stopped at the airport.
But the Samajwadi Party workers were not convinced, and protested against the developments. They blocked roads, trains and created chaos in the state. In fact, the SP workers even resorted to violence, with one of the worker caught on camera slapping and trying to bash a cop.