RUCKUS broke out at BJP’s ‘Parivartan Yatra’ in Meerut Thursday after party workers clashed with a group of SSC aspirants who started raising anti-Modi slogans while Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan was facilitating Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s speech through his mobilephone. Home Minister was scheduled to attend the event but he could not make it.
Several people, including BJP workers and the protesters, suffered injuries in the clash.
The ‘Parivartan Yatra’ that started from Saharanpur on Saturday reached Kankarkheda area in Meerut Thursday. Senior BJP leaders including Balyan who is also the MP from Muzaffarnagar, Shamli MP Hukum Singh and former state party president Laxmikant Bajpai were present at the event. Apart from Rajnath, Union Minister Piyush Goel to was expected to attend the event but their programme was cancelled due to bad weather.
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Balyan later facilitated Rajnath’s speech over phone. As Home Minister’s address began, a group of youths who claimed to be SSC aspirants started raising anti-Modi and anti-BJP slogans. This annoyed BJP workers who slapped few of the protesters. Soon both the groups entered in a clash throwing chairs at each other forcing Balyan to stop Rajnath’s speech. Policemen present at the venue resorted to lathicharge to control the situation.
SHO Kankarkheda, Yadram Singh said that a youth named Singh Raj from Palwal of Haryana was leading the protesters. “We have arrested the youth who was later released on surety bond,” said the SHO.