Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was briefly stopped from boarding a flight to Lucknow – from where he intends to travel to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of farmers killed in Sunday’s violence – party sources said on Wednesday morning. said.
Congress sources said the PNR, or passenger name record – a digital ID to identify booking passengers – for Mr Gandhi and four of his associates, which included chief ministers of two party-ruled states, led to the airline’s overturning. The first was canceled and all five were allowed. boarded the flight.
A few hours earlier Mr Gandhi had addressed a press conference in Delhi in what he called “a systematic attack on farmers” and alluding to “India used to have democracy…”.
Mr Gandhi – who has not been allowed to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, or even nearby Sitapur, where his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been “illegally detained for almost two days” – then he Insisted that he will travel to UP and Lakhimpur.
“India had democracy earlier (now) dictatorship. Politicians cannot go to Uttar Pradesh. We are being told from yesterday that we cannot go to Uttar Pradesh,” he said.
“Hindustan ki awaz ko kuch ja raha hai (Hindustan’s voice is being suppressed).”
There is a limit to this… Sooner or later there will be an explosion. We are trying to tell them (ruling BJP) that ‘don’t do this’. We are emphasizing on maintaining the democratic system. We are trying to make them believe that in this country you cannot be run by a minister’s son. Today those families and farmers do not have that hope, we are going to give them that hope.