Don't gatecrash private functions to which you are not invited, SP tells its workers


The Samajwadi Party has told its workers not to go to private functions, including weddings, unless invited. The directive follows a trend of SP workers gatecrashing these events to meet party boss Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav or other ministers who might have been invited.

Party general secretary Ramgopal Yadav has issued a circular to district presidents and presidents of SP front bodies saying the workers' behaviour creates hardship for the host and upsets arrangments.

Rajendra Choudhary, SP state spokesman, said "spoiling anyone's function can't be allowed. We have issued instructions; (they) will be implemented. It is not proper to attend any function without invitation."

A source in the party said that on November 28, Akhilesh, Mulayam and Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav had to be escorted to a hall with restricted entry after hundreds of SP workers crashed the wedding of the daugher of Shiv Kumar Rathoure, chairman of the Small-Scale Industries Corporation, in Agra.

Earlier, on November 15, when SP Maharashtra unit president Abu Asim Azmi visited Aligarh for the wedding of a relative, the entire local SP unit turned up to welcome Azmi, sources said.

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