Rahul Gandhi said there was a ‘dictatorship’ in India with politicians not being allowed to visit Uttar Pradesh to meet the families of the victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
n a scathing attack on the government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said there was a “dictatorship” in India with politicians not being allowed to visit Uttar Pradesh to meet the families of the victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
The remarks by Rahul Gandhi come after the Uttar Pradesh government denied him permission to visit Sitapur or Lakhimpur.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi said, “There used to be a democracy, there is a dictatorship in India now. Politicians cannot go to Uttar Pradesh. We have been told since yesterday that we cannot go to Uttar Pradesh.”
Rahul Gandhi said he would try to visit Lakhimpur Kheri with two Congress Chief Ministers — Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) and Charanjit Singh Channi (Punjab) — to meet families of victims. Section 144 has been imposed in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Rahul Gandhi said that farmers were being mowed down and no action was taken even though the name of a union minister and his son had cropped up in the incident.
“Farmers of the country are being systematically attacked. Initially, it was the land acquisition bill, then it’s the three farm laws,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Asked about his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being detained in Sitapur, Rahul Gandhi said, “Yes, she has been detained, but this press conference is about the farmers.”
Eight people, including four farmers, were killed on Sunday as violence erupted during a farmers’ protest in Lakhimpur Kheri. Farmers’ outfits have claimed that a car ferrying Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra’s son Ashish ran over a group of protesters.
The protests broke out ahead of UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to Tikunia. Ajay Misra and his son Ashish, however, claimed that protesters attacked the convoy and killed a driver and three others, including two BJP workers. An FIR has been registered against Ashish Misra in connection with the violence.
The Uttar Pradesh government has declared that a retired High Court judge would probe the incident.