LUCKNOW: Amid criticism of the BJP over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, its UP chief Swatantra Dev Singh on Sunday urged party workers to win the trust of the people by his conduct, saying “we are not in politics to rob” or “anyone”. To crush under the Fortuner”.
His remarks came after Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was arrested on Saturday in connection with an SUV crushing four farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.
Addressing a meeting of UP BJP’s Minority Morcha, Singh said, “We have not come to rob (people) in politics nor have we come to crush anyone under Fortuner (SUV).
He said, “You will get votes by your behaviour. If 10 people from your locality are praising you, then my heart (proud) goes up. Your behavior should be such that people do not turn their backs on seeing you.”
The BJP leader’s remarks came hours after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the government of trying to “save” the son of a Union minister in the case and said no one in the country except BJP leaders and their “billionaire friends”. was not safe.
Four farmers were crushed by an SUV during a protest by a group agitating against the Centre’s three new agricultural laws to protest the visit of UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Angry protesters allegedly thrashed two BJP workers and a driver, while a local journalist was also killed in the violence.
The incident has created a political storm and has put the BJP government on the back foot in the electoral state.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading the movement against the Centre’s three agricultural laws, had alleged that the violence was a pre-planned conspiracy and demanded the arrest of the minister and his son.
The farmers unions said that if the government does not accept their demands by October 11, they will take out a ‘Shaheed Kisan Yatra’ from Lakhimpur Kheri with the ashes of the slain farmers.
A nine-member team has been constituted under the leadership of Deputy Inspector General of Police (Headquarters) Upendra Agrawal to investigate the FIR registered against the minister’s son and others in the violence case.