Hours after BJP leader Yogi Adityanath defied a ban on his election meeting here, police lodged an FIR against the controversial MP and other party leaders who participated in the rally.
SSP Praveen Kumar said on Thursday said that cases were lodged late Wednesday night against Adityanath and others who participated in the meeting on Wednesday.
Defying the ban, Adityanath, the BJP’s star campaigner in UP, had addressed an election meeting in which he accused the SP government of following a communal agenda.
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.
Other than Adityanath, BJP MPs Jagdambika Pal, Lallu Singh and former MP and father of Gopalji Lalji Tandon were also present during the meeting.
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.
The Chief Election Officer of Uttar Pradesh Umesh Sinha had sought a report from Lucknow district administration on the rally addressed by Adityanath.
The district administration has also been asked to provide a CD of the rally to ascertain whether the BJP MP had violated the Representation of People Act and the model code of conduct through his utterances.