The Samajwadi Party state president Akhilesh Yadav, during the state wide anti-Mayawati government agitation on Thursday, charged Mayawati government of putting him under a “house arrest” yet again.
He yet again wrote to Lok Sabha speaker complaining the Mayawati government yet attempted to suppress the democratic right of peaceful demonstration and the violation of special privileges accorded to a Member of Parliament.
The SP national president Mulayam Singh Yadav and the state president Akhilesh Yadav had alleged a house arrest on March 7 as well during the original three-day statewide agitation. The Thursday agitation was in response to the warning issued by the chief minister Mayawati that any “agitation that seeks to cause unrest in the state be dealt with an iron hand just the way this one(the original agitation)”. The party took Mayawati’s statement as a challenge and held the agitation on Thursday and this time extended it up to the rural areas.
The original agitation has put the state police under the National Human Rights Commission’s scanner as on the issue of violation of human rights while suppressing the agitation including the act of the DIG DK Thakur where he assaulted an SP youth wing leader, dragged him and trampled on the agitator’s head with boots. The commission has served a notice to DGP seeking explanation.
“The state government is functioning in an autocratic manner. It is not even allowing me to reach party office", Akhilesh said to reporters outside his bunglow. The Mulayam-Akhilesh bunglow as well as the adjacent party headquaters were barricaded on Wednesday night.
“It's breach of my privilege and I will write to Lok Sabha speaker about it. I have not been allowed to attend Parliament", Yadav said.
Keeping in view party's agitation a number of leaders were either arrested or put under house arrest to maintain law and order in the state. SP MP, Sushila Saroj has also been put under house arrest in her residence at Indira Nagar, party sources claimed.
"A number of party workers have been arrested throughout the state ahead of the agitation today", said SP state spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary.