The BJP’s Varun Gandhi, who was dropped from the party’s national executive earlier this week, continued to criticize the farmers’ race in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri – allegedly by a Union minister’s son – and after.
Terming the incident as a murder, the MP had demanded accountability.
Today, pointing to junior home minister Ajay Mishra’s remarks that the incident was orchestrated by Khalistanis, he said an attempt was made to give a communal color to the incidents.
Gandhi said, “The struggle for justice in Lakhimpur is about a brutal massacre of poor farmers in front of an arrogant local power elite, it has no religious meaning.”
attempt to turn #lakhimpur kheer A Hindu vs Sikh battle is being made. This is not only an immoral and false narrative, it is dangerous to line these fault lines and reopen the wounds that a generation has taken to heal. We should not put political gains above national integration.
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) 10 October 2021
“Using the word Khalistani to liberally describe the protesting farmers is not only an insult to generations of these proud sons of Terai, who have fought and shed blood on our borders, it is also extremely detrimental to our national unity. Dangerous. Wrong kind of reaction,” he said, but without naming the minister.