Lakhimpur: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday will address a Kisan Nyay rally in Varanasi’s Rohania area against October 3 Lakhimpur violence in which 8 people died including four farmers who were taking out a peaceful protest against the ministers.
Ahead of the rally her mega cut-outs along with those of Rahul Gandhi have been put up in the temple town that seems like a loud declaration of the beginning of the election season in Uttar Pradesh.
Senior Congress leader Pramod Tiwari and party national secretary Rajesh Tiwari were among the party leaders who inspected the venue to ensure every bit of detail was taken care of for the rally, being billed as the UP assembly election 2022 campaign opener for the Congress .
Congress leader Ajai Rai said Priyanka Gandhi will first offer prayers at Baba Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Maa Durga Kund Temple in the city before addressing the Kisan Nyay Rally.
Party leaders have held several meetings in eastern UP districts, including Varanasi, Mirzapur, Bhadohi among others,to mobilise support for Gandhi’s Kisan Nyay rally . The Congress leaders, including Tiwari, also met elderly Congressmen and locals in Ballia, Ghazipur, Mau, Azamgarh, Bhadohi and Jaunpur during these visits.
Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Kumar Lallu said that the Kisan Nyay rally in Varanasi will not only light up a new path for Uttar Pradesh but also serve a warning for political rivals in Delhi.
“We will not rest in peace until the culprits of the heinous crime committed against farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri are put behind bars. We will give full fight for the farmers’ rights so that their demand for justice is not suppressed,” Lallu said.
He said that the Congress has fought for the rights of farmers since the freedom struggle. He cited that the Land Acquisition Act was passed by a Congress led government at the Centre to protect the rights of farmers.
Lallu claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh was silent on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and questioned why it didn’t release posters of the accused involved in the mowing of a group of farmers last Sunday.
Lallu accused the state government of protecting Ashish Mishra, an accused in the Lakhimpur violence case and son of Union minister of state for home Ajay Mishra Teni.
“Instead of taking action against the accused booked under a serious section like 302, a notice was served by the police. What does the government want to show by issuing a notice to appear before the police for interrogation,” he asked.
“We will hold the Kisan Nyay Rally in Varanasi on Sunday. Congress’ struggle will continue until the farmers get justice,” Lallu added.
On Saturday, Priyanka Gandhi tweeted, “The aggrieved farmer families have only one demand: justice to them. It is impossible to get justice without the dismissal of the minister and arrest of the accused of murder. What message does the government want to convey by sending an invitation to the accused of murder to appear [for questioning before the police]?” The government should not protect the guilty but punish them, she added.