Rahul Gandhi and his two-member Congress delegation were allowed to leave Lucknow airport after security personnel briefly barred their way.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his two-member delegation were allowed to leave Lucknow airport after security personnel briefly barred their way.
Rahul Gandhi will first visit Sitapur where his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been kept under detention. He is accompanied by Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi. After that, they will head to Lakhimpur Kheri.
Gandhi was stopped from leaving the airport, hours after the Uttar Pradesh government ostensibly gave him permission to visit violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri.
In a video shared by ANI, Gandhi can be seen pointing to a cordon of security personnel who he claimed are barring his way out of the airport.
#WATCH | At Lucknow airport, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says, "What kind of permission I have been granted by UP Govt? These people are not letting me go out of the airport."
Gandhi is leading a Congress delegation to violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri pic.twitter.com/Wfxzgh3sec
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 6, 2021
“Look, they are not letting me leave the airport. First they say that I have been given permission, so let me leave now. What sort of ‘permission’ is this?” Rahul Gandhi can be heard saying in the video, as a wall of security personnel block his way.
भाजपा सरकार की ‘अनुमति’!
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 6, 2021
Rahul Gandhi is leading a delegation of Congress leaders to meet with the families of two farmers who lost their lives in the deadly clashes in Lakhimpur Kheri last Sunday. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC are in force in the district.
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi addressed a press conference affirming his intention to visit Lakhimpur Kheri after the Uttar Pradesh government denied him permission to do so, stating that it could vitiate the law and order situation there. The Congress leader specified that he would be accompanied by two senior party leaders, which would not be in violation of Section 144.
Later, the state government allowed Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and three other Congress leaders to visit Lakhimpur. “Permission has been given to five leaders of Congress, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, to visit Lakhimpur,” Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal told PTI.