Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday night justified the arrest of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for violating Section 144.
Addressing a hurriedly called press conference here Uttar Predesh cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh on behalf of Chief Minister Mayawati said, “Anti social elements are causing unrest in Bhatta Parsaul village. By extending support to those elements opposition parties are fueling the unrest. The arrest of the Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi was made to checkmate that unholy effort.”
The Uttar Pradesh government blamed the centre for what it says “doing politics in the name of farmers’ right.”
“There was no problem in land acquisition in Bhatta Parsaul village. The unrest is stage managed”, the UP cabinet secretary said.
Quoting Mayawati, UP cabinet secretary urged the Centre for the passage the Land Acquisition bill in the next parliament session. “If the Centre fails to do so, the BSP will gherao the Parliament”, he said.