Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today hit out at the BJP over the death of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri and said that no senior party leader, including the Prime Minister, has visited the area. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi can go to Lucknow, but not Lakhimpur Kheri, he said.
Pressing for the resignation of junior home minister Ajay Mishra – whose son Ashish Mishra has been arrested amid allegations that he attacked farmers – Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the victims’ families “want justice, not money”. .
“When I started working there was no justice in a genocide case in Sonbhadra… No justice in Unnao or Hathras case (where a Dalit woman was gang-raped and murdered)… in this case The situation is similar,” she said at a farmers’ rally in Uttar Pradesh.
“People there (in Lakhimpur Kheri) also say that they don’t expect justice. Police is inviting criminals to talk to us, this has never happened anywhere in the world,” he quoted farmers as saying.
He said, “When Corona came, the people were stricken. They did not expect that this government would not help in the crisis.”
“India got independence on the principle of justice… but the families of the victims have no hope of justice in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.
Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh, Ms Gandhi Varda was detained on Monday when she was on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of four farmers who were allegedly run over by a vehicle driven by Ashish Mishra. Four others were killed in the violence and arson that followed.
The minister’s son – who has denied any wrongdoing – was arrested yesterday amid nationwide outrage and questions over whether police are giving him priority.
The Congress and most opposition parties have been demanding the resignation of the minister, who has also said that he was not present at the spot on Sunday. But government sources dismissed it after a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah earlier this week.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was lodged at a guest house in Sitapur since her arrest on Monday, was released to join the Congress team that met the families of 19-year-old Lovepreet Singh and 30-year-old local journalist Raman Kashyap. He also died that day.
While meeting the family of 19-year-old Lovepreet Singh on Wednesday, Ms. Gandhi Vadra said, “These families do not want compensation, they want justice. This cannot be possible unless Ajay Mishra resigns as Minister of State for Home. A fair investigation is not possible under him.”