Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led governments in Uttar Pradesh and the Center over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. A total of eight people died in this violence. Sharad Pawar has compared the Lakhimpur Kheri uproar with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre during India’s independence movement. Also demanded that this violence should be probed by a Supreme Court judge. Pawar assured the farmers that they are not alone, the opposition is with them.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, “Our country gives us the right to protest. So the farmers gathered at Lakhimpur Kheri and were protesting silently. At that time people belonging to Uttar Pradesh or Central government tried to suppress his voice and crushed him with a vehicle. Four farmers died in this incident. People of BJP government are responsible for this act.”
Pawar’s remarks came a day after the case filed against Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni, in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. In this violence, farmers have claimed that Ashish Mishra crushed four farmers with his SUV during the protest on Sunday and started the violence.
However, Ashish Mishra denied the allegations and said that he was not in the car at that time. To the contrary, he accused the farmers of setting vehicles on fire and beating up the car driver and two BJP workers, among others. A local journalist was also killed in the violence. Four of the eight who died in the violence were farmers.
Pawar said he had heard that the UP government was ready to get the incident probed by a retired judge. “But I want the inquiry to be done by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court and let the truth come out.” Pawar said that the Uttar Pradesh government has created a situation like the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and he will have to pay the price for it one day. He said the attack on farmers who were silently protesting shows the intention of the government. “I want to tell them (BJP), today you are in the government and trying to suppress the voice of the farmers by misusing the power. But you will not succeed. You will not only get a befitting reply from the farmers of Uttar Pradesh but from the whole country. will get.”