BJP MP Yogi Adityanath defied a ban on Wednesday on his election meeting in Lucknow by addressing it, and accused the SP government of following a communal agenda.
Claiming that he was not allowed to hold meetings in Thakurdwara, Mainpuri and Nighasan where Assembly by-elections are being held, Adityanath addressed one of them using his mobile phone.
Later in the state capital, he defied police which had withdrawn permission to him to address an election meeting at Indira Nagar locality by appearing on the stage.
Adityanath accused the district administration of not allowing him at the behest of the Uttar Pradesh government.
"I had to hold meetings at Thakurdwara, Mainpuri and Nighasan but the district administration did not allow me to do so. The district administration had withdrawn permission on directions of the government in an illegal way," he alleged.
He was addressing an election meeting at Munshipulia area in Indira Nagar locality in favour of BJP candidate Gopalji Tondon, who is contesting from Lucknow East seat vacated by BJP leader Kalraj Mishra.
Alleging that he was given notices as he was raising voice against "communal agenda" of the state government, Adityanath said in UP over 450 riots had taken place and that was enough to prove the communal agenda of the state government.
The Election Commission has issued a show cause notice to the BJP MP for violating the model code of conduct by making allegedly inflammatory remarks while campaigning for assembly bypolls in Noida.
Adityanath said though these by-elections would not affect the state or the central government, it was certain that BJP's victory would start the countdown of the SP government.
When asked about Adityanath holding the meeting without permission of the administration, Senior Superintendent of Police Pravin Kumar said the matter would be looked into and FIR would be lodged in it.
"We will look into it and lodge an FIR for holding the meeting without permission," Kumar said.
"BJP had earlier sought permission for holding the meeting and they were granted it. Later, they said they will not hold the meeting and the permission was cancelled. They again sought permission this evening but that could not be granted in a short time," he said.