Coming down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government, Congress national general secretary and the party’s UP incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday said the farmers and the common man have no hope of justice from the BJP-led Government, and it’s for the first time in the country that the police “invited” a murder accused for talk at the police station.
“The Congress will continue its fight until the victims of Lakhimpur Kheri get justice and the Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra tenders his resignation” she said.
Blowing the election bugle of the Congress while addressing a Kisan Nyay Rally at Jagatpur Inter College Grounds in Varanasi, Priyanka said that when she visited Sonbhadra where 13 adivasis were killed by people having the patronage of the administration and the police, she realised that the victims’ families just wanted justice and not compensation from the Government. Similarly, when she visited Hathras after the rape of a girl, and recently Lakhimpur Kheri, the victims’ families wanted only justice and not compensation.
“But they have no hope of justice from the present BJP-led Government and are looking towards the Congress Party,” she said.
“It has happened for the first time in the country and probably in the world that the police sent an invitation to a person accused of mowing down five people to talk at police station,” the Congress general secretary charged, and added, “Instead of providing justice to the victims’ families, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is trying to save the Minister’s son and stop the Opposition from meeting the family members of the victims.”
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lucknow after the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Priyanka said, “Even the Prime Minister has no time to meet the victims’ families to console them by going to the violence-hit district, but he has time to go to the State Capital to attend a programme of the State Government.”
Launching a scathing attack on the Government at the Centre, the Congress general secretary said, “The PM also has no time to meet the farmers agitating at the borders of the nation’s Capital for the last 8-9 months in protest against the three contentious farm laws, but he has time to go abroad. The PM insulted the farmers by terming them as andolanjivi.”
Priyanka also said that the price of petro products was gradually rising and the price of domestic LPG had reached Rs 1,000 while the price of urea had also increased and the power tariff had been hiked thrice. She said unemployment was at its peak but the Prime Minister had nothing to do with it and he was only working to benefit his capitalist friends.