Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has cancelled plans to attend 'Dedh Ishqiya' premiere with Madhuri Dixit after facing flak for organising a cultural extravaganza in Saifai village.
The star-studded gala at the ancestral village of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and the CM drew the ire of the opposition parties and the media who accused the state government of ignoring Muzaffarnagar riot victims' sufferings.
The CM's programme to watch the premiere has been cancelled, a senior official told PTI without citing any reasons.
As per the programme Akhilesh was to watch the premiere at a mall here this afternoon with Madhuri and other dignitaries.
The state government had on Thursday announced an aid of Rs 1 crore to 'Dedh Ishqiya' and Saif Ali Khan's 'Bullet Raja' as they were shot in UP.
Though no official reason has been cited for cancellation of CM's programme, sources said that the decision was taken following public cirticism.