Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Giriraj Singh on Saturday said Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Lakhimpur Kheri was just an example of “political tourism”.
Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3.
“Rahul Gandhi’s Lakhimpur Kheri Yatra is only an example of political tourism. There is no real sympathy and compassion involved. Wherever Congress and other opposition parties get a chance, they go ahead with their political tourism. I would like to ask Why didn’t Rahul Gandhi go to meet the family of the journalist killed in that incident? Why didn’t he go to Kashmir to meet the families of those killed there?” Speaking to the media, Mr Singh said.
Congress delegation including Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday met the family of deceased farmer Lovepreet Singh in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh.
Giriraj Singh congratulated the Bihar government for giving 6 crore vaccine doses before December.
“Today, the whole world is appreciating India’s pandemic management and COVID vaccination momentum, which we have achieved under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I am also very proud that despite facing all the abuses, we have Not only saved our own people, but also saved lives around the world by sending vaccines to different countries.”
On the issue of RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav campaigning for an independent leader, he said, “It is Lalu Prasad Yadav’s family matter. Which son got the bigger share in the party, it is not my job.”
Tej Pratap Yadav was left out in the recent list of star campaigners for the by-elections released by the RJD in Bihar, while it includes the names of party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and leader of opposition Tejashwi Yadav. By-elections to the Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur assembly seats in Bihar are to be held on October 30 and the counting of votes will be held on November 2.