Two elected representatives of the Opposition Congress in Gujarat on Thursday claimed they were stopped from attending public functions in their respective constituencies citing security reasons.
In Kadana taluka of Panchmahal district, Congress MLA Paranjayadityasinhji Parmar said he was asked by police not to attend the 'Garib Kalyan Mela' where Chief Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in the afternoon.
"Policemen have been standing outside my house and have asked me not to attend the 'Garib Kalyan Mela' citing security reasons," Parmar told PTI, adding that he had been officially invited to the function.
"This is dictatorship. I am a representative of the people and I have every right to attend a government function in my constituency," he said.
In a similar incident, Dahod MP Prabha Taviyad (Congress) said she was stopped from attending a farmers workshop organised by the government.
Taviyad said she was stopped about 500 meters ahead of the workshop and asked to go back by DSP N D Parmar.
"I have not done anything wrong. I am the representative of the people here. Why have you come to stop me?" she asked the police.