New Delhi: Slamming Rahul Gandhi, Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Giriraj Singh termed the Congress MP’s visit to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of farmers killed in the violence as an example of “political tourism”.
The opposition has put pressure on the ruling BJP to arrest the accused responsible for the death of eight people in the October 3 violence in the district of Uttar Pradesh.
As quoted by ANI, Giriraj Singh asked, “The journey of Rahul Gandhi Lakhimpur Kheri Political tourism is just one example. There is no real empathy and compassion involved. Wherever the Congress and other opposition parties get a chance, they go ahead with their political tours. I want to ask why did Rahul Gandhi not go to meet the family of the journalist who was killed in that incident? Why didn’t he go to Kashmir to meet the families of those being killed there?”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met Family members of farmers killed in violence at Lakhimpur Kheri late on 6th October. Talking to reporters after the tour, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi had said that the three families want justice.
“The three families have said one thing that they are not worried about compensation, but they want justice,” he said. Vadra has also demanded the resignation of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra and the arrest of his son Ashish Mishra, accused of the violent incident.
Eight people, including four farmers, lost their lives in Lakhimpur Kheri in the violence that broke out during the farmers’ protests in Uttar Pradesh. The other four people, who were killed, were present in cars, apparently a part of a convoy of BJP workers who came to welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, while one was a local journalist and one was a driver. Farmer leaders alleged that Ashish Mishra arrived with three vehicles when the farmers were dispersing their protest at the helipad and crushed the farmers with his SUV.
Meanwhile, Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni, arrested on Saturday (October 9) night in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, has been sent to judicial custody for the time being.
A local court will hear on Monday (October 11) whether to send Ashish Mishra to police custody, his lawyer Awadhesh Kumar Singh said.
(with agency input)