Congress leader Rahul Gandhi fired on the central government over uproar in Lakhimpur Kheri, alleging that systematic incursion is going on with the farmers. Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi, Gandhi asserted he will aim to visit Lakhimpur Kheri along with two chief ministers to meet the families of those farmers who died on Sunday.
The Uttar Pradesh government has already refuted approval to Congress leaders for the visit quoting imposition of Section 144. Police blockaded have been set up on the road to Lakhimpur Kheri since Tuesday evening to avoid political leaders from arriving in the district.
“The rights of the farmers are being systematically robbed. And this is why they are protesting. It started from land acquisition bill, then the farm laws were passed and now this,” said Gandhi. He attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Lucknow for launching several projects on Tuesday, proclaiming he did not visit Lakhimpur Kheri.
“Our work as an opposition party is to build pressure to force the government to act. If we didn’t do this, nothing would have happened in Hathras too,” said the Ex-Congress Chief. He also slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for stopping Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel at Lucknow airport, citing Section 144 deals with a congregation of four or more people, but Baghel was solitary.
Meanwhile, Gandhi is predicted to land at Lucknow airport at 12.30 pm, from where he will attempt to go to Lakhimpur Kheri. Moreover, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, who argued on Tuesday that he was going to meet Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Sitapur where she was imprisoned but was not being allowed to depart from the Lucknow airport.
The Uttar Pradesh Police has recorded an FIR against Priyanka Gandhi and 11 others for “disturbing the peace” in the state. However, the Congress general secretary alleged that she has been put under arrest without any order or FIR.