Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, detained at a guest house in UP’s Sitapur, lashed out at the Narendra Modi government for confining her while those who allegedly killed farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri were roaming scot-free.
Taking to Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi shared a video, purportedly shot in Lakhimpur Kheri, showing a vehicle running over protesting farmers. Priyanka also questioned the lack of action against those responsible for stoking Sunday’s violence.
“Mr Narendra Modi, your government has kept me detained for the last 28 hours without an order or FIR. But the person who trampled over these farmers is yet to be arrested. Why?” Gandhi said in the tweet.
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— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) October 5, 2021
Priyanka Gandhi and several other Congress leaders were detained by the UP Police on Monday for evading house arrest and attempting to make their way to Lakhimpur Kheri. She was escorted to a PAC guest house in Sitapur.
Prohibitory orders are in place in the district after eight people, including four farmers, were killed on Sunday as violence erupted during a farmers’ protest. 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.
Commenting on the incident, Priyanka Gandhi had earlier tweeted, “How much does BJP hate the farmers of the country? Don’t they have a right to live? If they raise their voice, will you shoot them, will you trample on the car? Enough.”
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— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) October 3, 2021
CONGRESS DEMANDS PRIYANKA’S RELEASE, ORDERS NATIONWIDE STIR
Congress supporters have gathered in large numbers outside the PAC guest house where Priyanka Gandhi is detained and demanded her release. The party workers have been sitting outside the guest house to protest against the Congress leader’s confinement.
In the wake of the violence at Lakhimpur and lack of action against the accused, Congress has ordered party leaders and MPs to stage protests throughout the country for the next two days.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday condemned the incident at Lakhimpur Kheri, calling it an “inhuman massacre” and said those who were silent on the issue are already dead.
“The one who is silent even after seeing this inhuman massacre, he is already dead. But we will not let this sacrifice go in vain – Kisan Satyagraha Zindabad! #FarmersProtest,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 3, 2021