Cong denied permission for 'Nyaya' march in UP

Lucknow: The political battle between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and Congress escalated on Sunday with authorities refusing permission to the opposition party to take out a march here tomorrow against the alleged spurt in crimes in the state.

The District Administration cited the possibility of breach of peace that could be caused by the planned "Nyaya" march for its decision.

District Magistrate Anil Kumar Sagar said permission has been declined as police apprehended breach of peace and inconvenience to residents due to traffic disruptions.

He said prohibitory orders under Section 144 IPC are already in force in the state capital.

The Congress slammed the decision saying it reflected the "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.

Joshi said tonight the Congress has made a fresh application for permission for the march on the ground that the party's previous marches have been peaceful.

She said Congress workers will have a meeting at Bal Sangrahalaya maidan in Lucknow tomorrow if the permission is denied again.

The Administration's decision came against the backdrop of the mounting attack by the opposition parties on Mayawati over the recent rise in rape cases and the mysterious death of deputy CMO Y S Sachan, a murder suspect, in Lucknow jail.

Mayawati said the opposition was attempting to destabilize her government by giving political colour to even the smallest of the matters.

Even some of the people in the media, with a casteist mentality, were publishing a distorted picture, she said addressing a rally in Mumbai suburb Goregaon.

"But let me make it clear, that I am not going to get cowed down by such things," she added.