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“Doesn’t mean you mow down anyone with Fortuner”: UP BJP Chief over Lakhimpur violence

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: Criticising the Lakhimpur violence against protesting farmers, in which eight people including four farmers were run over by a car that was allegedly being driven by the son of an Union minister, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh on Sunday said that being a political leader doesn’t mean that one “mow down anyone by a Fortuner car”.

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On October 3, eight people, including four farmers, were being knocked down by a car that was allegedly being driven by Ashish Mishra, the son of Union minister of state for home, Ajay Mishra in Lakhimpur Kheri, while taking out a peaceful protest against ministers visit in the city. After the incident an angry mob allegedly lynched some people in these vehicles carrying BJP workers.

The UP BJP chief was addressing the party workers at the inaugural session of the state executive of the party’s minority front in Lucknow.

“Elections should be won on basis of one’s conduct. Politics is about serving your society, your nation. There is no caste and religion involved. Being a political leader doesn’t mean that you loot, it doesn’t mean that you mow down anyone by Fortuner. We are in this party to serve the poor. Politics is not a part-time job,” Mr Singh said.

He also appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying, “Two persons from a poor background became the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi opened bank accounts for the poor when no one bothered. PM Modi and Yogi constructed seven lakh homes in the state. Did anyone ask about votes and religion? Vaccines are being sent to other countries under PM Modi’s leadership. The lives of people are transforming through gas, electricity connections and toilets which are being provided to them.”

He also alleged that interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi looted the nation for a decade.

Elections for 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh are due early next year.

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To note, On Saturday night, Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was arrested by the police in Lakhimpur Kheri in connection with the October 3 violence. 

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