Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel sits on the floor after he was not allowed to leave the Lucknow airport, on Tuesday. (PTI)
CHHATTISGARH Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was prevented from coming out of Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport on Tuesday when he arrived to visit the State Congress office and meet party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Baghel sat on a dharna at the airport after being disallowed to go to the Uttar Pradesh Congress office amid widespread protest over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. “I am being stopped from going out of Lucknow airport without any orders,” he wrote in tweet with a photo of him sitting on the floor at the airport.
The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister reasoned with the police on duty as to why he was being stopped but to no avail, a Congress spokesman said. “Why am I being stopped? I am not going to Lakhimpur where there are prohibitory orders in place. I am only going to PCC (Congress office),” he asked the police personnel. Baghel also said he has come to meet party national General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who is currently in custody at Sitapur. Later in the evening, Baghel returned to Raipur after he was not allowed to come out of the Lucknow airport. Before returning, Baghel addressed a virtual press conference and said that it was unprecedented that a Chief Minister should be prevented from visiting a city.