Bharatiya Janata Party hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and accused him of trying to incite violence. Party spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “Irresponsibility is another name of Rahul Gandhi, Congress and Rahul are trying to incite violence. He raised questions on post mortem. Is he a medical expert? Who is he to question expert body opinion. He is trying to spread rumours,”
Patra held a press conference soon after Rahul Gandhi spoke to the media in New Delhi over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. “Gandhi family works for their family. They just want to save their family. They saw this incident as an opportunity,” the BJP leader said.
“Farmers and administration have come up with a compromise. Both sides agreed to an impartial probe. Rahul Gandhi again made irresponsible statements today. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi has reached Lucknow ahead of his Lakhimpur Kheri visit after getting permission from the UP government which was earlier denied to him.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni arrived with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a vehicle over him.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi refused to leave the Lucknow airport in a dramatic standoff this afternoon with security personnel when he was asked to get into a police car for his visit to Lakhimpur Kheri where eight people, including four farmers, were killed on Sunday. After a brief confrontation, the Congress leader was allowed to take his own car.
“Who are you to arrange my transport? I want to leave in my car,” the Congress leader told the Uttar Pradesh security men who ringed around him.
“They are up to some mischief. Cent per cent,” he said.
As Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi and Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel stayed put in the airport, the police cordoned off the area with rope.