Senior Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda on Monday said the horrific violence at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh would bring doom for the BJP government in the state like the Bhatta Parsaul episode a decade ago.
“I was a part of Bhatta Parsaul movement and took part in the foot march. The then BSP government had targeted the farmers, disregarding their self-respect. Today, the same situation prevails. After Bhatta Parsaul, there was one in Uttar Pradesh. There is a possibility to change the government and now change the government in the state.” .
In 2011, two policemen and two farmers were killed in clashes following land acquisition protests in Greater Noida’s Bhatta Parsaul, a Jat-dominated village that had become the center of an agitation against land acquisition in the country.
At that time, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had visited Bhatta Parsaul disguised as a two-wheeler driven by his senior party colleague Digvijay Singh in solidarity with farmers to protest against land acquisition in Uttar Pradesh under the then Mayawati government. . Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party came to power in the next election.
Mr Hooda, one of the four Congress leaders who were detained in Sitapur when they were on their way to Lakhimpur to meet the family members of the farmers killed on Sunday night, also told NB that he and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were Together they were taken into police custody. Around 3:30.
“Since last night we were not allowed to meet anyone. No one was allowed to enter the premises. The police line in district Sitapur has been converted into a police ‘Chawani’. All four of us are seeking permission to leave the bus. And meet the victims’ families. We didn’t bring in a large number of supporters or anything.”
“Without any reason, there were a lot of ‘dhakka mukki’, which is quite shocking to me as well. I have been in public life for many years. And then for unclear reasons, they took us into police custody,” the Congress leader said. said.
Intensifying his attack on the BJP, he accused the BJP of being arrogant and paying less attention to the demands of the farmers.
“The BJP has ignored the demands of the farmers and has occupied the seat of arrogance, from where the turban of the farmers is not visible,” Hooda told PTI.
Referring to Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra, he said, “The incident has put humanity to shame. The minister has not yet resigned nor has he been removed. He should resign on moral grounds.” An FIR has been registered at Tikonia police station in connection with Sunday’s incident.
Eight people were killed, in which both farmers and BJP workers, were killed in violence during a farmers’ protest at Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday ahead of the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Minister Ajay Mishra.
Of the eight dead, four were traveling in cars, apparently part of a convoy of BJP workers who had come to welcome the ministers. He was allegedly beaten to death. Officials said four others were farmers.