SP hails Akhilesh for calling off Harvard trip

Lucknow, April 27 (IANS) Amid criticism that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav should not have cancelled his lecture at the Harvard Business School to protest “extended frisking” of Urban Development Minister Azam Khan at a Boston airport, his Samajwadi Party (SP) Saturday said the stand was “correct, justified and in line with socialist ethos”.

In a statement released here, Prisons Minister and party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhary said that the chief minister has done the right thing and taught a lesson to “arrogant America who has prejudice towards Muslims”.

India, he added, was a land where its visitors are treated as gods and in contrast, US humiliated people from other countries.

“We have amply demonstrated during the Kumbh how good hosts we are but the US has shown its true colours, specially against Muslims, by humiliating our minister,” Chowdhary added. He further said that the chief minister had shown political maturity by calling off the Harvard lecture as a mark of protest for the treatment meted out to Azam Khan.

Meanwhile, many in the state bureaucracy said that the chief minister should have gone ahead with the HBS event and used the platform to air his resentment at the homeland security officials’ behaviour towards Khan.

“It was a major opportunity for the chief minister to be launched globally, to share his vision with world most famous university…sadly he lost it” said a senior government official.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) however lashed out at Azam Khan for howing immaturity in his reactions to his frisking at the airport in Boston.

“I find this silly. Azam Khan should learn to respect law and security concerns of the other country and should take lessons from former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who behaved in the most humble manner in similar situation some years back” said state BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpayi.

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  1. says: Ravi

    It is very immaature of a Chief Minister to cancel a talk at Harvard over a routine security matter. In US, senators and congressmaen are stopped at various airports. Will Mr. Yadav cancel giving a speech in assembly if someone calls him an idiot?

    When he defeated Congress party in UP elections, we thought we are getting real democracy. Now he showed that he is as immature as a 3 yr old!

    I am sure world renowned Institutions will think twice before inviting any Indian leaders to give a talk. Their immaturity and avoiding giving talks over trivial matters shows talent and intelligence are not enough to spread their message. In the bargain,they are not only insulting their own countrymen but also losing an oppertunity to educate the world and promote India and it’s heritage.

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