Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has decided to cancel his scheduled rally in Varanasi on December 24. The JD(U) alleges that the administration did not grant permission for the rally.

Patna: The ruling Janata Dal (United) in Bihar criticized the Uttar Pradesh government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday after local authorities reportedly denied permission to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for a proposed rally in the Rohania assembly constituency, which falls under the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi on December 24. Senior JD(U) leader and Bihar’s Rural Development Minister Shravan Kumar said, “Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s public meeting scheduled for December 24 in Rohania, Varanasi, has been canceled. The local administration and the pressure from the state government have refused us permission due to the public meeting to be held at Jagatpur Inter College, where Kumar was to hold a public meeting. They (college administration) had initially said that permission would be granted to us, but on Thursday, they denied it under pressure from the state government.”

Allegations against the Administration The college administration, located in Rohania assembly constituency, had earlier stated that permission would be granted, but on Thursday, they refused it. The party’s in-charge for party affairs in Uttar Pradesh, Shravan Kumar, alleged that there is an autocracy in Yogi Adityanath’s government in Uttar Pradesh. Shravan Kumar said, “Refusing to let us hold our party supremo’s public meeting in Varanasi is a direct attack on democracy. We will soon announce the next date for the public meeting. JD(U) will soon start a contact campaign in Uttar Pradesh to expose the BJP. We are preparing a solid strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.” The public meeting in Rohania was supposed to be attended by party leaders and workers from the Purvanchal region. Rohania is part of the Varanasi parliamentary constituency and falls under the Patel Bahul assembly constituency.

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