BJP MLA from Gorakhpur Radha Mohan Das Agarwal who drew criticism for admonishing a lady IPS officer at public event met UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday and discussed various issues, reported news agency PTI. “I met CM Yogi Adityanath. It was an informal meeting in which various issues pertaining to development and cleanliness of Gorakhpur came up for discussion. As far as the incident (public snubbing of an IPS officer) is concerned, I have explained my stand on the incident. The incident is already in the public domain, and I was told that the incident will be dealt appropriately,” Agarwal told the news agency.
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He also said that he and UP Chief Minister may have differences of opinion on certain issues (asahmati), but there will be no animosity (anban). After the meet, Agarwal told The Indian Express that he told CM about the entire incident and now the chapter has been closed. “That chapter is closed. The liquor shop against which women were protesting has been shut down. Also, I have not demanded action against any officer,” he added.
Earlier, a video had gone viral on social media in which Agarwal was seen arguing with lady cop Charu Nigam who was seen wiping her eyes. Condemning the incident against the ASP, Gorakhpur, the IPS Association said, “If interference in law enforcement goes unpunished, the ability of police to protect people gets eroded.” Agarwal then declared that he will sit under the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gorakhpur’s Town Hall area on May 10 to gather the grievances of the public vis-a-vis illegal liquor outlets. “I am not going to stage any protest or dharna, but simply sit under the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Town Hall area on May 10 to hear the grievances of the public, who are fed up with the operation of illegal liquor outlets,” he had said.