Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Shiv Sena to participate in Maharashtra bandh on October 11 in support of farmers


MUMBAI: Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday said his party will participate in full force in Maharashtra’s October 11 bandh to protest the killing of farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri.

Addressing a press conference along with NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik and state Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant, Raut said it is necessary to awaken the people against the anti-farmer policies of the central government.

Raut said that farmers are not alone in this fight and the process of showing solidarity with them should start from Maharashtra.

The Shiv Sena leader said he discussed the need for a joint opposition strategy with NCP’s Sharad Pawar and Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, adding that other states should follow Maharashtra’s lead in expressing solidarity with the farmers.

On October 3, eight people, including four farmers, were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri.

Farmers were killed after they were hit by vehicles allegedly carrying BJP workers, following which some people in these vehicles were allegedly thrashed to death by an angry mob.

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