Rampur | Jagran News Desk: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday postponed his scheduled visit to Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur by two days citing the festivals of Ganesh Visarjan and Muharram. 

"Since there is Muharram and 'Ganesh Visarjan' I am delaying my program by 2 days. I will send my next program of Rampur on 13 and 14 September to the district administration and I will also give a detail of my movement," Yadav said while addressing the media.  

Yadav was scheduled to arrive in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur today for a two-day visit to lead the party’s protest against the detention of party leader Azam Khan's son Abdullah Azam.

"In the morning, Akhilesh will be in Bareilly to meet the family of former MLA Siyaram Sagar, who passed away recently. He will reach Rampur around 4 p.m. and meet party leader Azam Khan's family," Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said on Saturday.

Rampur District Magistrate said that Yadav has not sought permission to hold demonstrations in Rampur. 

However, this time, not the rival BJP or BSP but the Congress has raised objection to the former chief minister’s visit to the embattled lawmaker’s constituency.

Faisal Khan Lala, vice president of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee minority cell and in-charge of the Bareilly Zone, wrote a letter to chief minister Yogi Adityanath and state governor Anandiben Patel, alleging that Yadav’s visit to Rampur was a part of Azam Khan’s communal politics.

Lala further wrote that the party chief's arrival in Rampur may hamper peace and brotherhood in the town, demanding that he is stopped from reaching there.

The Rampur district administration has already imposed Section 144, which prohibits unlawful assembly, ahead of Samajwadi Party's protest.

However, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister has asked his party workers from Bareilly, Pilibhit, Sambhal, Badaun, Amroha, Moradabad and Bijnor to reach Rampur on Tuesday.

SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav has also urged the party workers to support Azam Khan.

Abdullah Azam was detained late last month after he tried to prevent state police officials from carrying out a raid at the Mohammed Ali Jauhar University, which is run by Azam Khan.

In the raid, the police recovered several hundred rare books allegedly stolen from other institutes in the district.

There are more than 81 cases of power theft, encroachment, buffalo theft and using indecent language against Samajwadi Party's Rampur MP Azam Khan.

He has also been accused of illegally occupying government and farmers' land. An arrest warrant has also been issued against him in three such cases.    

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta