Denying permission to meet the families of farmers killed in the violence-hit Uttar Pradesh district, Rahul Gandhi today confirmed that he will visit Lucknow along with two others.
“Yesterday PM went to Lucknow but did not go” Lakhimpur Kheri. This is a systematic attack on farmers,” Rahul Gandhi said at a press conference ahead of his visit.
PM Modi, who was in Lucknow to inaugurate the Azadi @ 75 convention, shrugged off the controversy.
An SUV allegedly driven by a Union minister’s son was protesting against farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday. Eight people, including four farmers, died in this incident.
“Today there is dictatorship in India. Politician I cannot go to Uttar Pradesh. Since yesterday we are being told that we cannot go. They are not allowing the CM of Chhattisgarh to meet. why? Why is the theft happening? (Politicians cannot visit the state, we have been told since yesterday that we cannot. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister was not allowed to go. Why? Because there is huge loot going on),” the Congress leader alleged.
Farmers are being crushed to death by jeeps, in this incident the name of a Union Minister and his son has come to the fore: Rahul Gandhi
“Something is going to the voice of Hindustan (The voice of Hindustan is being suppressed), the 51-year-old leader said.
When asked why he insisted on leaving, Rahul Gandhi replied, “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 not to do this. We are insisting on maintaining the democratic system. We are trying to make them believe.” Trying that in this country you cannot be run by a minister’s son. Today those families and farmers don’t have that hope, we are going to give them that hope.”