Rahul Gandhi, denied permission to visit the families of farmers who were killed in the violence-hit Uttar Pradesh district, today affirmed that he will visit Lucknow along with two other people.
“Yesterday, the Prime Minister visited Lucknow but he didn’t visit Lakhimpur Kheri. It’s a systematic attack on farmers,” said Rahul Gandhi fronting a press conference ahead of his visit.
PM Modi, who was in Lucknow to inaugurate Azadi @ 75 conference, steered clear of the controversy.
An SUV, allegedly driven by a Union Minister’s son, ran over protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday. Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the incident.
“There is dictatorship in India today. Rajneta Uttar Pradesh main nahi jaa sakte. Kal se hume kaha jaa rah hai ki hum nahi jaa sakte. Chhattisgarh ke CM ko nahi milne de rahe. Kyun? Kyunki bhayankar chori ho rahi hai. (Politicians cannot visit the state; we have been told since yesterday that we can’t go. The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister was not allowed to go. Why? Because there is a great loot going on),” alleged the Congress leader.
Farmers are being mowed down by a jeep, they’re being murdered, the name of a Union minister and his son has come up in the incident, said Rahul Gandhi.
“Hindustan ki awaaz ko kuchla jaa raha hai (The voice of Hindustan is being muzzled),” said the 51-year-old leader.
Asked about why he insists on going, Rahul Gandhi shot back with “I want to understand the ground reality”.
“It is a narrative. There is a limit to this narrative. Sooner or later there will be an explosion. We are trying to tell them do not do this. We are pushing for maintaining the democratic system. We are trying to give them confidence that in this country you cannot be run over by a son of a minister. Today those families and farmers don’t have that hope, we are going to give them that hope,” he said.