Congress has asked all its state and union territory unit chiefs to observe silence for three hours on Monday, demanding immediate removal of Union Minister Ajay Mishra and arrest of his son Ashish Mishra in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. Maun Vrat will be observed outside Raj Bhavan or Central Government offices between 10 am and 1 pm. Punjab Congress President Navjot Sidhu has kept ‘silent’ since Friday night as soon as he reached Lakhimpur Kheri. He also went on a hunger strike, which he called off after Ashish Mishra went to the police for questioning on Saturday.
Congress is now preparing to organize a nationwide protest over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. At the same time, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij Sidhu’s silent fast was said to be beneficial for the Congress and the country. Vij had said, “Congress leader Sidhu observed a fast of silence. If he keeps it always, it will be very beneficial for the Congress and the country.”
The party has decided to hold a Maun Vrat across the country on Monday, the 11th of October between 10 am to 1 pm demanding the immediate sacking of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Ajay Mishra Teni & immediate arrest of all culprits.: Shri @kcvenugopalmp pic.twitter.com/7ZzyS1yqsl
— Congress (@INCIndia) October 9, 2021
As part of the developments on Saturday, Youth Congress workers protested in New Delhi and clashed with Delhi Police. The 2nd United Kisan Morcha said that farmers from different states will reach Lakhimpur Kheri on October 12 to condole the death of four farmers and a journalist who were killed in the incident. The Kisan Sangh will also stop train movement on October 18 and hold a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on October 28.
Congress leader Pawan Khera said at a press conference, “From Gorakhpur to Lakhimpur, the strength of the BJP government applies only to the poor. When it comes to powerful people, the government kneels down.”