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Lucknow, October 5 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was prevented from leaving Lucknow airport on Tuesday when he arrived to meet with party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was detained in Sitapur at the time. that she was going to Lakhimpur Kheri.
Baghel staged a sit-in at the airport after being prevented by police from leaving. “Why am I arrested? I am not going to Lakhimpur where restraining orders are in place. I only go to the Uttar Pradesh congressional office,” he told police.
Holding a virtual press conference from the airport, he said, “The truth about Lakhimpur will be revealed one day, it cannot be hidden forever. Those who speak a language warning farmers to make amends will have to be sacked, and her son, who has trampled on the farmers, will have to go behind bars. “
Baghel was referring to a recent video allegedly showing Union Minister of State for the Interior Ajay Mishra making the remark: “sudhar jao nahin to sudhar dunga” (mend or get well). The son of the Union Minister has been accused of hitting farmers with his vehicle in Lakhimpur Kheri.
UP police have filed a complaint against Ashish, Ajay Mishra’s son, but no arrests have been made so far. The MoS Home, however, claimed that neither he nor his son were present at the site when violence in Lakhimpur Kheri erupted on Sunday, killing eight people, including four farmers.
Interacting with reporters virtually from Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Baghel, a senior congressional observer for the UP Assembly polls next year, said his destination was not Lakhimpur Kheri but the congressional office where he was to address a press conference.
The CM of Chhattisgarh also stated that he had come to meet the Secretary General of the Congress, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was detained in Sitapur.
Responding to reporters’ questions, Baghel said: “It is unfortunate that when Amrit Mahotsav is celebrated, farmers are killed by those in power.
“They are not arrested, while those who want to wipe the tears of the oppressed and seek justice for them are arrested,” he said referring to the detention of Priyanka Gandhi and other congressional leaders in Sitapur .
“Everything is possible in the government of Yogi Adityanath. The way in which the opposition leaders are prevented from going to Lakhimpur Kheri shows that it is done out of fear of defeat, to hide something and also to save some people. “
Asked about the Lakhimpur incident finding no mention in the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was in Lucknow for the ‘New Urban India Conclave’, Baghel accused the BJP of ‘adopting the oppressive tactics of the British “.
“They (BJP) have been anti-farmers from the very beginning and won’t say a single word for them,” he said.
“An FIR has been filed against the son of the (Union) Minister (Ajay Mishra). The Minister claims his son was not there. It is a request to the Prime Minister that the Minister be dismissed his arrested son “Baghel said.
The congressman also called for an investigation into the Lakhimpur Kheri incident by a sitting Supreme Court judge, Rs crore compensation and government employment for the victims and the release of all leaders of the Congress there.
The government of Uttar Pradesh on Monday asked the Lucknow Airport Authority not to allow the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab who were to go to Lakhimpur Kheri following the violence there. have burst.
Eight people were killed on Sunday as violence erupted at a farmer protest that claimed the lives of farmers and BJP workers ahead of Uttar Pradesh’s chief deputy minister visit to Lakhimpur , Keshav Prasad Maurya.
“After the Lakhimpur incident, the district magistrate imposed restraining orders there to maintain law and order. It is requested that you not allow the CM of Chhattisgarh and the Deputy CM of Punjab to Lucknow CCS Airport, “he added. Awanish Kumar Awasthi had said in a letter dated October 3 to the Airport Authority of India PTI SAB NSD
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