Lathis have been banned at the India Against Corruption (IAC) rally to be held in Farrukhabad, the constituency of Union minister Salman Khurshid, on Thursday.
IAC leader Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘Challo Farrukhabad’ — the organisation’s first-ever rally in Uttar Pradesh — comes in the wake of its “expose” on the alleged financial irregularities in Dr Zakir Husain Memorial Trust and the minister’s controversial comment about Kejriwal, which he later said had been misconstrued.
Kejriwal had said he would come out with more evidence against Khurshid on Thursday.
The administration’s ban on lathis is being interpreted as a warning to the workers of Bharatiya Kisas Union (BKU), which has been supporting Kejriwal and has locked horns with the local unit of the Congress ever since the row between Khurshid and Kejriwal began. Arvind Shakha, the district president of BKU said lathis are part of BKU’s dress code.
Thursday’s rally is against the alleged misappropriation of grants by the trust, which has been distributing benefits to physically challenged people in the state.
Khurshid is the chairman and his wife Louise is the project director of the trust.
The Awas Vikas Ground, where the rally would be held, is set for the show. Kejriwal would reach Lucknow at 5am.