Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has cancelled a reception to be hosted in his honour by the Indian Consul General here today, even as the Mission said that it would strongly take up with the US authorities the issue of Minister Azam Khan’s detention at the Boston airport.

A communique from the Indian Consulate in New York said: “Due to unavoidable circumstances, the reception scheduled to be held in honour of Akhilesh Kumar Yadav, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on April 27 at the Consulate General of India, New York, has been cancelled.’’

Neither, Consul General Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay, who took charge on Wednesday after his assignment as Ambassador of Maldives, nor Minister (Press and Information) M. Rajaram were available for any comments to the media on the reason for cancellation of the reception.

This was to be the first official function of the Consulate after Mulay took charge.

Yadav had also boycotted the Harvard lecture that he was due to deliver in protest against Khan’s detention.

Invitation to the reception was sent out to all the prominent Indian-Americans, community leaders, elected officials, friends of India in New York and the media two days ago after the Consulate got the confirmation from the office of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, Mulay told PTI last night on the sidelines of a community reception in his honour at the Asia Society in New York that it was unfortunate that a Minister in the State Government was treated with disrespect on arrival at Boston Logan International Airport.

He said that his Mission, under whom Boston Logan International Airport falls, would raise the matter at the appropriate level to prevent its recurrence in the future.

Refusing to comment on the cancellation of a reception accorded to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister at the Consulate General of India in New York, he said his Mission would lodge its strongest protest with the State Department and the Homeland Security on the question of disrespect to the Minister as per the guidance of the Government of India.

“I am meeting the Chief Minister who has come to New York on Friday night to get first-hand information from him and devise a strategy,” he said.

(This article was published on April 27, 2013)
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