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FIR against Yogi Adityanath for defying poll meeting ban

UP Police today filed an FIR against BJP leader Yogi Adityanath for defying a ban on his election meeting in Lucknow.

The police also named other party leaders who participated in the rally in the FIR.

SSP Praveen Kumar said that cases were lodged l against Adityanath and others who attended the meeting.

On Wednesday night, Adityanath, the BJP's lead campaigner in UP, had defied a ban by the local administration and addressed an election meeting. In his speech, the BJP leader 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 local administration had videographed the entire meeting.

"Others (whose names are lodged in the FIR) include all those who are visible in the video," he said.

Besides 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 they would send a CD of the meeting to the Election Commission today. "A CD is being sent to the EC by a special messenger," he said.

The five-time MP from Gorakhpur claimed that the state administration did not allow him to hold meetings in Thakurdwara, Mainpuri and Nighasan where Assembly bye-elections are being held.

But in Lucknow, Adityanath decided to defy the police and addressed an election meeting at Indira Nagar locality by appearing on the stage.

"I had to hold meetings at Thakurdwara, Mainpuri and Nighasan but the district administration did not allow me to do so. The district administration had withdrawn permission on directions of the government in an illegal way," he had alleged.