The Mayawati government on Sunday refused permission to the Congress to take out 'Nyaya' march on Monday against the alleged spurt in crimes in UP, citing possibility of breach of peace.
District magistrate Anil Kumar Sagar said that permission has not been given for the Congress march as police apprehended breach of peace and inconvenience to residents due traffic disruptions.
He said prohibitory orders under Section 144 IPC are already in force in the state capital.
The Congress slammed the move saying it reflected that "fascist" style of functioning of the Mayawati government.
"How can they deny permission for our democratic right to hold a peaceful march. It is ridiculous," UPCC chief Rita Bahuguana Joshi said.
The development came as the opposition parties mounted attack on Mayawati over the recent rise in rape cases and the mysterious death of deputy CMO Y S Sachan in Lucknow jail.
Congress district president and MLA Shyam Kishore Shukla said: "The district administration has verbally as well as in writing has denied permission to take out Nyaya march tomorrow on pretext of law and order situation."
He said that citing police report the additional district magistrate has communicated there was possibility of breach of peace and traffic disruption and denied permission for the march.
"It's nothing than preventing the party from taking out the march," Shukla said.
The Congress had announced to take out the march from Bal Sanghralaya on Monday morning.
Senior party leaders including MLAs and MPs were likely to participate in the march to be led by Joshi.