Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday boycotted the Harvard lecture he was due to deliver in protest against his Minister Azam Khan’s detention at the Boston airport.

Political members of the delegation from Uttar Pradesh are not attending any of the Harvard events in protest, Harvard sources told PTI.

But, U.P. Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani will make a presentation on behalf of Mr. Yadav.

The Chief Minister and Mr. Khan are leaving Boston several hours before their scheduled departure, according to the sources.

Mr. Yadav was invited to deliver a lecture at Harvard University in Boston on Friday on the recent Mahakumbh Mela at Allahabad.

Mr. Khan, a senior leader of the ruling Samajwadi Party in U.P. and Urban Development Minister, who was accompanying Mr. Yadav, was detained for about 10 minutes at the Boston Logan International Airport for “further questioning” after he landed in a scheduled British Airways flight from India on Wednesday.