Priyanka Gandhi attacks BJP government over Lakhimpur Kheri, Gorakhpur incidents

ByAbdul Jadid, Gorakhpur
Oct 31, 2021 09:54 PM IST

Inflation has made survival difficult for people and farmers are debt ridden, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra alleged

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday reiterated a series of poll promises and lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that claimed eight lives on October 3. She also raked up the Kanpur realtor murder case in Gorakhpur in September and the alleged shortage of fertilizers in Lalitpur.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at a rally in Gorakhpur on Sunday. (PTI)
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at a rally in Gorakhpur on Sunday. (PTI)

The Congress leader was addressing her party’s pratigya rally in Gorakhpur on the 37th anniversary of the assassination of her grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

“You may have seen (it) time and again. In Lucknow, Vivek Tiwari was shot dead by police. In Gorakhpur, Kanpur businessman Manish Gupta was brutally murdered by police. Neither criminals nor policemen are under control here in UP,” she said.

(Apple executive Vivek Tiwari was allegedly shot by constable Prashant Chaudhary near Maqdoompur police outpost, under Gomti Nagar police station limits, in Lucknow on the intervening night of September 28-29 in 2018 when he was in an SUV with an ex-colleague. On September 27, 2021, Kanpur-based realtor Manish Gupta died after a police raid on a Gorakhpur hotel. Six policemen were booked for murder after the Gorakhpur incident.)

Priyanka, who greeted the crowd in Bhojpuri, also said, “Things have happened against the ‘vaani’ (teachings) of Guru Gorakhnath.”

Guru Gorakhnath is worshipped at the Gorakhnath temple of which Yogi Adityanath is the chief priest.

She alleged there was harassment of all sections of the society, including dalits and backwards under the BJP government.

Inflation has made survival difficult for people and farmers are debt ridden, she alleged.

She also criticised the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) over charges that the Congress was in league with the BJP.

Priyanka questioned the “silence” of both the parties and their absence from the ground. The Congress alone was fighting for the poor and the oppressed, she said.

“I will die but I won’t ever tie up with the BJP,” she said.

She also attacked Union home minister Amit Shah for his recent remark that law and order under the Yogi government has improved to an extent that now binoculars are needed to search criminals. “When Shah was saying this who was standing by him on stage? It was (Union minister of state for home) Ajay Mishra whose son unleashed brutality on farmers in Lakhimapur Kheri. So, he doesn’t need binoculars but the right spectacles,” she said. Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, the main accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri case, was arrested on October 9.

Reaching out to the Nishad community, she announced that a university would be set up in Gorakhpur named after Guru Machhendra Nath and fisheries will be given the status of agriculture if the Congress is voted to power.

She reiterated the Congress would give 40% of the party tickets to women in the UP assembly polls. The party has pledged to provide jobs to 20 lakh (0.2 million) youths, free smart phones to class 12 pass girls and free scooties to graduate girls, besides promising to waive farmers’ loans.

“The entire loans of the farmers will be waived. Wheat and paddy will be purchased at 2,500 per quintal, while sugarcane will be purchased at 400 per quintal. The problem of stray cattle will be resolved on the lines of Chhattisgarh, and a complete solution will be evolved,” she said.

The Congress general secretary added that government jobs will be given to 20 lakh youths, while contractual workers will be regularised.

The anganwadi workers will get an honorarium of 10,000, and women will get three free cylinders in a year, she promised.

“Apart from this, if voted to power, our government will bear the cost of treatment of any illness up to 10 lakh,” she said. She also said that 25,000 will be given to families who have lost their livelihood due to Covid-19.

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