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Yogi Adityanath Imposes ‘Selfie Ban’ Near Lucknow Residence, “New Year Gift”, Scoffs Akhilesh Yadav

The sign said clicking pictures and selfies in the VIP area was an offence and would invite strict action. Opposition parties have alleged that the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act or UPCOCA, tabled by the BJP government in the state assembly last week, is intended to oppress people and be used against rivals to settle political scores.

 

LUCKNOW:  Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has banned people from clicking selfies on the road leading up to his official residence in Lucknow’s Kalidas Marg. A sign put up by the state’s police at the beginning of the road warning against selfies has however been removed after much criticism and mirth on social media.

The sign said clicking pictures and selfies in the VIP area was an offence and would invite strict action. Among the first to comment on Twitter was Yogi Adityanath’s predecessor and the previous resident of the sprawling 5, Kalidas Marg bungalow, Akhilesh Yadav. Tweeting in Hindi, he called it a New Year’s gift for the people of UP, linking it to UPCOCA, a new law in the state that opposition parties are up in arms against.

“A New Year’s Gift for the people of Uttar Pradesh, taking selfies could attract UPCOCA,” the former chief minister and Samajwadi Party boss tweeted in Hindi.

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