MLA kicks up police row

Yogi Adityanath. File picture

Lucknow: A BJP lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh believes the only language police officers understand is that of kicks.

"Laton ke bhoot baton se nahi mante. Tum log laton ki hi bhasha samajhte ho (You people don't obey words but understand the language of kicks only)," Harshwardhan Bajpai, ruling party MLA from Allahabad North, told Sunil Singh, additional superintendent of police of the Trans-Ganga division that hosts the Sangam area.

The MLA was furious because the police officer was trying to maintain protocol when chief minister Yogi Adityanath was in Allahabad on Saturday to review preparations for the Ardh Kumbh festival at the Sangam (confluence) of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The festival starts in January next year.

Adityanath visited the Sangam and then offered prayers at the famous Hanuman temple along the riverbank. He later attended a meeting of sadhus at Baghambari Mutt.

Police sources said besides the sadhus, only cabinet ministers were allowed to enter the meeting venue. The ASP had tried to stop Bajpai and his followers who numbered over 10 when they forced their way inside the Mutt.

The MLA lost his cool and started shouting at the police officer. The entire episode was recorded on media cameras.

It couldn't be confirmed whether Adityanath, who was barely 10ft from the gate where the MLA was shouting at the ASP, heard him.

When reporters later asked the MLA about his behaviour with the officer who was part of the chief minister's security detail, he said: "Such people deserve similar or even worse treatment."

A few weeks ago Bajpai was heard using unparliamentary language against a police inspector in Allahabad.

Earlier, Radha Mohan Das Agrawal, a BJP MLA from Gorakhpur, had insulted a lady IPS officer in May 2017, reducing her to tears in full public view.

The chief minister had preferred to remain silent on Agrawal's behaviour.


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