Union minister of state for health and family welfare Anupriya Patel was allegedly misbehaved with at Pratapgarh by supporters of a local leader on Sunday when she was participating in an Apna Dal party roadshow.
The incident took place this afternoon when Apa Dal workers were out on a roadshow with party MLA RK Verma.
Police said the procession encountered supporters of a local leader Vinod Dubey, who is planning to contest UP Assembly polls as an independent candidate, leading to an argument.
The Union minister said the incident was a “conspiracy” to disturb her party’s procession.
“I think it was a conspiracy (of ruling SP). I was not provided with security and even after complaining, the district magistrate and the superintendent of police did not reach the spot immediately,” she said.
She said if such was the efficacy of the law enforcement agencies, then “one could easily understand the plight of common people regarding law and order matters”.
Alleging misbehaviour with their leaders, Apna Dal workers created a traffic jam on the Raebareli-Varanasi highway and later, when union minister left, they sat on a dharna.
Apna Dal supporters alleged that Verma was manhandled although the police has not confirmed the incident.