Samajwadi Party workers misbehave with Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel in Pratapgarh

The Union minister said the incident was a "conspiracy" to disturb her party's procession.

By: PTI | Pratapgarh | Published:September 11, 2016 8:58 pm
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Union minister and Apna dal leader Anupriya Patel was on Sunday allegedly misbehaved with by supporters of a local leader when she was participating in a roadshow of her party.

The incident took place this afternoon, when Apna Dal workers were out on a roadshow with the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and party MLA RK Verma.

Police said the procession came face to face with supporters of a local leader Vinod Dubey, who is planning to contest the state Assembly polls as an Independent candidate, leading to an argument.

The Union minister said the incident was a “conspiracy” to disturb her party’s procession.

“I think it was a conspiracy (of ruling SP). I was not provided with security and even after complaining, the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police did not reach the spot immediately,” she said.

She said if such was the efficacy of the law enforcement agencies, then “one could easily understand the plight of common people regarding law and order matters”.

Alleging misbehaviour with their leaders, Apna Dal workers created traffic jam on Raebareli-Varanasi highway and later, when union minister left, they sat on a dharna.

Apna Dal supporters alleged that Verma was manhandled. However, police did not confirm it.