A major political drama is unfolding in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, where eight people have been killed in violence during a farmers’ protest. Congresswoman Priyanka Gandhi claimed she was still in “illegal detention”, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel sat on a dharna at Lucknow airport, while TMC deputies claimed to have sneaked into the area disguised as tourists. At the same time, the government of Uttar Pradesh refused permission for a congressional delegation headed by Rahul Gandhi to visit the Lakhimpur region following the imposition of Article 144. Rahul had said that he was planning to express his condolences to the bereaved families and to verify the facts firsthand.
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 on her way 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. “
At the same time, a delegation of TMC deputies met with families of farmers killed in the violence in Lakhimpur on Tuesday, claiming they had dodged police by posing as tourists. The TMC delegation was made up of MPs Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Sushmita Dev, Abir Ranjan Biswas, Pratima Mondal and Dola Sen. Along the way, UP police attempted to arrest them, TMC leaders said in a statement. They pretended to be tourists after being arrested by police, MPs from the party led by Mamata Banerjee said. Dola Sen said they had been trying to reach Lakhimpur Kheri since Sunday and could get there two days later. Dastidar and Dev traveled to Palia tehsil district to meet the parents of Lavpreet Singh (19) while others traveled to Dhaurahra tehsil to meet relatives of Nachatar Singh.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday convicted Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and 10 others on apprehensions of breaching the peace as opposition leaders attacked the BJP and the government of the United States. UP on his detention in Sitapur from the UP. P. Chidambaram party leader Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut expressed support for Priyanka, who alleged that no advice or FIR was given to him. given even after his 38-hour detention and was not allowed to meet with his lawyer. Ajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday condemned the Uttar Pradesh government for keeping AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Congressman Deepender Hooda in detention for 36 hours. Gehlot condemned Gandhi’s detention, accusing Yogi Adityanath’s government of allowing delegations from other parties to visit Lakhimpur Kheri.