NEW DELHI: BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Sunday warned against attempts to turn the Lakhimpur Kheri incident into a “Hindi versus Sikh fight”, saying it is dangerous to make these blunders and reopen the wounds that a generation has to heal. taken for.
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 said.
In a tweet, he said, “An attempt is being made to turn Lakhimpur Kheri into a Hindu vs Sikh fight. This is not only an immoral and false narrative, it is dangerous to create these fault-lines and reopen the wounds. To heal. We must not place petty political gains above national unity.”
On October 3, the police arrested Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra in the Lakhimpur violence case.
Farmer organizations have blamed the father-son duo for the incident and alleged that the minister had made provocative speeches while his son was inside a vehicle that hit the farmers.
Both have denied the allegations.
Ashish Mishra’s name was registered in the FIR following allegations that he was also in one of the vehicles that ransacked four farmers who were protesting the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya last Sunday.
In retaliation, angry farmers allegedly thrashed two BJP workers and their driver.
Local journalist Raman Kashyap also died in the violence, which created a political storm and put the BJP government on the backfoot in electoral UP.
Gandhi was sympathetic to farmers’ protests against the three agricultural laws and often tweeted in support of them, a stance that is said to have not gone down well with the BJP leadership.