Lucknow: A day after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath defied the administration orders and held a public rally at Munshi Pulia area of the city, Uttar Pradesh BJP unit chief Laxmikant Bajpai on Thursday justified his party colleague’s move saying that the protest was justified.
Bajpai's reaction comes after Gorakhpur MP Adityanath, who is the face of the BJP campaign for the upcoming by-polls in UP defied orders of state administration and held a rally.
Bajpai said Adityanath's proeste was justified a sit was against the unconstitutional ways of the Lucknow administration. “We didn't violate any order of the EC,” Bajpai said.
UP Police have lodged an FIR against the controversial MP and other party leaders who participated in the rally.
SSP Praveen Kumar today said that cases were lodged late last night against Adityanath and others who participated in the meeting yesterday.
A district administration official said that "An FIR has been lodged against BJP candidate from Lucknow (east) seat Ashutosh Tandon Gopalji and others under various sections of the IPC at Ghazipur Police Station".
He said the entire meeting was videographed by the administration.
"Others (whose names are lodged in the FIR) include all those who are visible in the video," he said.
Other than Adityanath, BJP MPs Jagdambika Pal, Lallu Singh and former MP and father of Gopalji Lalji Tandon were present during the meeting.
The official said that a CD of the meeting would be sent to the Election Commission today.
Claiming that he was not allowed to hold meetings in Thakurdwara, Mainpuri and Nighasan where Assembly bye-elections are being held, Adityanath had addressed one of them using his mobile phone.
Adityanath had been denied permission to hold a rally for the BJP candidate Gopal Tandon by Shrihari Pratap Shahi, additional district magistrate after the Samajwadi Party's Juhie Singh and the Congress's Ramesh Srivastava also sought permission for rallies at the same venue.
Tandon, Singh and Srivastava are all contesting the Lucknow East constituency in the by-polls on September 13.
Adityanath was at the centre of controversy after the Election Commission on Tuesday served him a notice against incendiary remarks made by him during an election rally in Noida on Sunday.