Naveen Bharat Editorial
NEW DELHI: Congress has demanded an immediate meeting with the President of India on the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. The party has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind. The Congress wrote this letter soon after the son of the Union Minister of State for Home was taken into judicial custody on Saturday evening.
The Congress in its letter said, “The incident of killing of farmers in broad daylight at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh has shaken the ‘conscience’ of the entire country.” Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AK Anthony, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, KC Venugopal and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury are among the seven-member delegation wishing to meet the President. The delegation will submit a memorandum of facts on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident to the President.
“Even more tragic is the open warning given by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni and the crushing of farmers under a Thar jeep owned by the minister and his family. Eyewitness farmers have said that the vehicle being driven by Theni’s son crushed them,” the letter said.
The letter, signed by General Secretary KV Venugopala, alleged that despite widespread protests and the intervention of the Supreme Court, no decisive action has been taken. This is the second time in the last 10 months that the Congress will meet the President of India through a delegation.
Earlier, a three-member delegation led by Rahul met the President on 24 December 2020 to demand the withdrawal of three agricultural laws, calling them “anti-farmers”. The Congress has also announced a fast of silence in every state headquarters on October 11 to take action against the minister and others in the Lakhimpur incident and against the government’s lax attitude in the investigation.
Attacking the BJP government, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala had recently said: “When fascists rule the country, the rule of law is a farce. When dictators rule a country, the rule of law becomes a bundle of strange paper. “