Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Sunday accused the federal government of making an attempt to “save” Union minister Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son within the Lakhimpur violence case, and alleged no person is secure within the nation besides BJP leaders and their “billionaire buddies”.
Addressing the ”Kisan Nyay Rally” in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency of Varanasi, she attacked him saying he has time to journey throughout the nation and the world however to not discuss to farmers protesting simply 10 kms from his residence.
She was addressing the rally within the holy city simply days after eight folks, together with 4 farmers, had been killed in violence throughout a farmers’ protest in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Union Minister of State for Dwelling Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish has been arrested in reference to the case.
The Congress basic secretary, who was accompanied Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, additionally visited Kashi Vishwanath and Kushmanda temples.
Ms Gandhi stated the Prime Minister just lately visited Lucknow for an exhibition however didn’t go to Lakhimpur Kheri simply two hours away to wipe the tears of the farmers who helped the nation earn its freedom.
She stated Mahatma Gandhi fought for the liberty of the nation in order that the poor and labourers may get justice, however folks have given up hope for justice beneath this authorities.
“On this nation, the son of MoS for house crushed farmers beneath his automobile however the authorities was making an attempt to save lots of him,” the Congress chief alleged.
“Nowhere on this planet would the police invite a homicide accused for interrogation,” she stated, accusing the police of being smooth on the minister’s son. “Individuals ought to compel these in energy to provide justice.”
“Congress staff don’t concern anybody even should you put them in jails or beat them up. We are going to proceed to combat until the Union MoS (Ajay Mishra) resigns. Our get together has fought for the nation’s Independence. Nobody can silence us,” she stated.
She additionally stated the households of aggrieved folks — be it in Sonbhadra (the place 10 tribal farmers had been killed in 2019 allegedly over a land dispute), Hathras (the place a Dalit lady was allegedly raped and killed final yr) and even Lakhimpur Kheri — stated they don’t need compensation however justice, “of which they haven’t any hope”.
“Time has come,” she stated, “and I’m not speaking in regards to the elections, I’m speaking in regards to the nation. The nation shouldn’t be a fiefdom of BJP office-bearers, their ministers” or the Prime Minister’s.
“This nation is yours. If you don’t develop into conscious, and somewhat stay entangled of their politics, it is possible for you to to save lots of neither your self nor the nation.”
On the farmers’ protest, she stated, “Farmers have been protesting towards farm legal guidelines for the previous 10 months and 600 of them have misplaced their lives. They’re protesting as a result of their farms, incomes and produce will go to the billionaire buddies of Modiji by way of the provisions of those (central) legal guidelines.”
“The billionaire buddies of Modiji bought apples final yr at Rs 88 per kg in Himachal Pradesh and this yr, it was bought (by them) at Rs 72 per kg. All people is compelled to promote apples at decrease costs. This example will prevail within the nation when the legal guidelines are carried out,” she claimed.
The PM, who calls himself a “Gangaputra” — son of the Ganga –has “insulted” crores of “Gangaputras by hatching a conspiracy to provide their crops and revenue to his billionaire buddies,” Gandhi alleged.
Individuals belonging to any caste and faith aren’t secure, the Congress chief alleged. “On this nation, the prime minister, his council of ministers, folks from his get together and their billionaire buddies are secure. Perceive this correctly. The nation is getting destroyed.”
Priyanka Gandhi claimed farmers aren’t getting electrical energy, however are being offered with payments whilst the price of urea and fertilisers have gone up. There’s GST on agriculture gear, and the costs of petrol, diesel and LPG have skyrocketed, the coal inventory is ending, she stated.
“Lately, I visited a Valmiki colony in Lucknow. Yogiji had used indecent language for them. The folks of Valmiki colony instructed me their youths aren’t getting jobs regardless of having MA and ITI levels. The general public is feeling harassed and offended, and rightly so,” she stated.
She stated the federal government gave no aid to folks after the COVID-19 pandemic, which pressured closure of retailers and companies. “You have got been solely harassed both by way of the GST or the demonetisation.”
“The railways, airports and PSUs have been handed over to billionaire buddies. Final yr, the Prime Minister had purchased two plane for himself, and one plane’s value was of Rs 8,000 crore. And Air India was offered to his billionaire buddies at Rs 18,000 crore,” she stated.
Whereas Priyanka Gandhi visited the Kashi Vishwanath and Kushmanda temples earlier than the rally, it began with the recitation of mantras, Gurbani and verses from the Quran.
As she reached the rally venue, Congress leaders welcomed her with the slogan of ”Har Har Mahadev”. And she or he recited “Sanskrit shlokas” and chanted “Jai Mata Di” at first of her speech.
State Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh stated with Sunday’s occasion, the get together has launched itself aggressively for the upcoming 2022 UP Meeting elections.
“The Congress beneath the management of Priyankaji will comprehensively defeat the demon energy, which has unleashed itself in numerous elements of the state,” Mr Singh stated.
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