Mumbai: Supporting BJP MP Varun Gandhi’s support for the farmers’ movement, especially after the Lakhmipur Kheri incident, the Shiv Sena on Monday said all farmers’ organizations should pass a resolution appreciating his stand on the issue.
An editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ also asked whether the blood of other MPs had turned ‘cold’ after witnessing the ‘horrific’ incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhmipur Kheri, where earlier this month four Eight people, including farmers, were killed.
The deaths of four farmers drew strong reactions from farmer leaders, while opposition parties attacked the BJP-led central and UP governments.
The editorial said, “The country cannot tolerate attempts to spread enmity. Varun Gandhi (former prime minister) is Indira Gandhi’s grandson and Sanjay Gandhi’s son. His blood boiled after seeing the horrors of Lakhmipur and expressed his opinion. expressed.” .
The Marathi publication said that Varun Gandhi showed political courage without thinking of any consequences and condemned the killing of farmers.
“Farmer leaders should pass a resolution appreciating Varun Gandhi,” said the Shiv Sena, which severed ties with long-time ally BJP over the issue of sharing the chief minister’s post after the Maharashtra assembly elections in 2019.
The ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ called by ruling allies Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in the state on Monday is for those who cannot express their feelings openly, the editorial said.
Varun Gandhi on Sunday warned against attempts to turn the Lakhimapur Kheri incident into a “Hindu vs Sikh fight”, saying it is dangerous to draw these fault lines and reopen the wounds that it takes a generation to heal. went.
The Pilibhit MP, who was recently ousted from the BJP’s national executive, said the struggle for justice in Lakhimpur Kheri is about a “brutal massacre of poor farmers in front of an arrogant local power elite”, and this The issue has no religious meaning.
He said, “Using the word ‘Khalistani’ to describe the protesting farmers liberally is not only an insult to the generations of these proud sons of Terai, who have fought and shed blood on our borders, it is also to our national unity.” Extremely dangerous. Provokes the wrong kind of reaction,” he had said.
The police on Saturday arrested Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, in connection with the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Ashish Mishra’s name was registered in the FIR following allegations that he was also in one of the vehicles that ransacked four farmers protesting the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya last Sunday.
Varun Gandhi is sympathetic to farmers’ protests against the three agricultural laws and often tweets in support of them, a stance that is said to have not gone down well with the BJP leadership.