Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said no arrest would be made without evidence in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case and termed opposition leaders going to meet the bereaved families as “no goodwill messengers”.
Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in Sunday’s violence.
“All are equal before the law and according to the Supreme Court, no one can be arrested without evidence and investigation is on,” the chief minister said at a conference. FIR has been registered against the written complaint and no one will be spared.” Organized by a private news channel.
Mr Adityanath also emphasized that there will be no injustice to anyone and no action will be taken under any pressure.
“There is no place for violence in a democracy, and when the law is guaranteeing the safety of all, there is no need to take it into the hands of anyone, whoever they are,” he said.
Attacking the opposition leaders going to Lakhimpur Kheri after the incident, he said, “They are no goodwill ambassadors.”
“The priority of the government is to maintain peace and harmony. There are many faces behind the incident. However, things will become clear after investigation,” the chief minister said.
On the allegation that efforts are being made to save BJP leader and Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, who is named in the FIR, Mr. Adityanath said, “There is no such video. We have released the numbers, and If anyone has evidence, they can upload it. Everything will be clear. No injustice will be done to anyone. No one will be allowed to take law in their hands but no action will be taken under any pressure.”
He insisted, “We will not arrest anyone on the charges. But yes, if someone is guilty, he will not be spared, whoever he is.”
Four of the eight people who died on Sunday were farmers, who were allegedly hit by vehicles carrying BJP workers. The angry farmers then allegedly made some people board the vehicles. The other dead include two BJP workers and their driver.
The farmers have claimed that Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles, a charge refuted by him and his father, who say they can produce evidence to prove that he was at an event at the time. .
Referring to the video of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sweeping the floor of a guesthouse room where she was kept in Sitapur after she was stopped from going to Lakhimpur Kheri, Mr Adityanath said, “He was turned down by the people. is the state.”
On the controversy over his “Abba Jaan” remark, he said, “Abba Jaan is not an unparliamentary word. There are political parties who want Muslim votes but are running away from the word Abba Jaan.”
Referring to the speeches of Union Minister Ajay Mishra and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar against farmers’ protests, Mr Adityanath said, “There is a difference between a political speech and a threat.”
“Such statements during political speeches have no meaning as they are given as per the condition. However, one must take note. It is not limited to only BJP leaders as other party leaders also make such political statements. However, no one can do that. Take the law into your own hands and kill any passer-by.”
On Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav’s claim that Mr. Adityanath is only cutting ribbons and signing MoUs, but no investment is coming to the state, the Chief Minister said, “Akhilesh ji has a chance to know these things. There is no time because he is the son of a rich man. “
“He wakes up at 12 noon, gets ready by 2 pm and meets his friends. By 4 pm, he goes for cycling. When people were in need, he toured Australia and London I wish he goes to Australia or Europe. And have fun, I will be happy that a man from Uttar Pradesh has become an NRI,” Mr. Adityanath said.
On AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi accusing 35 per cent of harassing Muslims, Mr Adityanath said, “If he could make a statement on the incidents in Kashmir, where Hindus and Sikhs are being killed, he would have become a leader.”
About Mr. Owaisi calling Ayodhya as Faizabad, the Chief Minister said, “Ayodhya will be Ayodhya but Hyderabad will become Bhagyanagar.”
On the issue of illegal conversion, he said, “We have made a law against it. Bargaining in the name of service or for love jihad is not acceptable.
“Goraksha Peeth and thousands of organizations serve people but do not bargain for conversion. I advise the governments of states like Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to focus on such issues,” he said.
The Chief Minister also praised Akhilesh Yadav’s estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav and former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as leaders with support for the people.