The district administration Ambedkar Nagar on Monday gave permission to the Congress for holding a rally in Akbarpur town on April 14. The administration has allowed to organize the function at the ground adjacent to airport strip.
The PWD Minister Nasimuddin Siddique told journalists on Monday that the Congress had been making unnecessary hue and cry over the allotment of ground for the rally to be addressed by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi.
Siddique said the administration had received two applications on March 24 and 29 for allotment of the ground. The administration after report from local intelligence unit today gave permission.
The minister said the BSP had also planned a statewide dharna at all the district headquarters on April 14 to celebrate birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar and expose the Congress on Women Reservation Bill. In this connection the Ambedkar Nagar district unit of BSP had also organized a programme at the statue of the Dr Ambedkar, which was nearly, 150 meters away from the Congress rally ground.
While there was no plan to stop the Congress from holding Rahul Gandhi’s function in Akbarpur, the minister said the Congress raked up the issue for political gains. He said the Congress leaders were worried over the BSP’s dharna.
The minister claimed that with the growing popularity of the BSP the Congress rally was bound to flop. Thus the Congress conspired to defame the BSP and the state government. He said there was no controversy over holding the Congress rally at the ground close to airstrip. He also refuted the charge that the state government had asked the Congress to change the venue.
However UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi said the administration had not given the ground, which the party had sought. But Rita Joshi said she was now satisfied with the allotment of an alternative site. Earlier Union Minister of State for Coal Sriprakash Jaiswal told newsmen he did not expect any hindrance by the state government in the matter.