Naveen Bharat Editorial
Lucknow: Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday questioned the safety of common man, referring to the recent violence in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Addressing her first outing as part of a Kisan Nyay rally seen as an election bugle at Jagat Ram Inter College in Rohinia, Priyanka claimed that under the Modi government no one, including the poor, the underprivileged, the downtrodden and women not secure. He accused the prime minister of favoring a handful of his billionaire friends.
Priyanka started her Varanasi tour religiously. He first visited the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple and took the blessings of Lord Shiva, then visited Durgakund temple on the occasion of Navratri.
Beginning her speech with shlokas, Congress’ UP in-charge claimed that she was fasting on the fourth Navratri day and said the country is about faith. “Here the farmers feed the citizens and their sons guard the borders of the country. But when some of them are killed in incidents like Lakhimpuri Kheri, their families lose hope of justice.”
Attacking the PM, Priyanka said that India is neither his nor the property of his ministry. “This country belongs to all of you. If you are not aware then you will not be able to save your country and yourself.” Taking a dig at Modi, he said that despite visiting Lucknow around the same time, he did not get time to meet the families of the victims. “The Prime Minister keeps visiting countries. But in this hour of grief, he could not meet the bereaved families of Lakhimpur Kheri.
Stating that his fight for justice would continue till Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni was suspended, the Congress leader said that the junior home minister’s son (Ashish Mishra) had opposed the farmers. “The Chief Minister is protecting them… what is this?”
He criticized Modi for not talking to farmers on the controversial agricultural laws. “Farmers are protesting because they know that Modi’s corporate friends will snatch their land if the law is implemented,” Priyanka said.
Calling upon the people, especially the farmers, to fight for their rights, the Congress general secretary said: “Those who call you aurolankaris (protesters) and terrorists compel you to deliver justice. We are Congress workers. We are not afraid of anyone. Put us in jail, kill us, but we will keep fighting for justice.