Police on Saturday detained fourteen Congress workers from two different locations for protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his visit in Vadodara.
According to media reports, the Congress workers who were protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi were demanding to rename the newly inaugurated terminal of Vadodara International Airport.
“Congress members were detained after they shouted slogans against Modi and demanded that the newly-inaugurated integrated terminal of Vadodara International Airport be named after Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the ruler of the erstwhile Baroda state who is credited with taking several initiatives to develop the city,” the police was quoted as saying by PTI.
Police added that while seven Congress workers were detained from outside the airport at the Harni locality, just ahead of Modis visit to inaugurate the new integrated terminal building of the airport.
The other seven protesters were detained from the Sardarnagar area, the police added.
“We detained seven persons from outside the airport gate as they were protesting and shouting slogans. They were released a few hours later,” an official of Harni police station said.
Fatehgunj police said they too detained seven persons and released them after the prime ministers programmes — one of inaugurating the airport terminal and another of distributing assistive devices to Divyangs (differently-abled persons) — were over and he left for Delhi.
Among those detained was Congress leader Narendra Ravat who had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha by-election and was defeated by BJPs Ranjanben Bhatt.
Ravat and other Congress members were demanding naming of the airport after Sayajirao Gaekwad III.
“If the BJP names the airport after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, we will protest against it through kar seva. Not to name the airport after Sayajirao Gaekwad is an insult to him and his contributions to the city,” Ravat said. PTI KA PD NP RC RDS.