The death of eight people, including four farmers, in Lakhimpur Kheri has increased the challenge of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on one hand, while the incident just before the assembly elections has given a bigger issue to the opposition. Congress has made it clear through its aggressive attitude that it is ready to go to any extent on the issue of farmers.
The Congress says that farmers are not a political issue for it. But the party is seeking political benefits in Punjab and Uttarakhand along with Uttar Pradesh through the farmers’ movement. Strategists believe that the impact of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident will be visible in UP as well as in Punjab and Uttarakhand elections. The party will try to convert this resentment of farmers into votes. The election results will tell how successful she will be in this endeavor, but these attitudes of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have revived the party workers in UP. Party leaders are seeing the image of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in this combative gesture of Priyanka.
Comparison with Belchi Massacre
A senior Congress leader said that the way Indira Gandhi went to Belchi after the Belchi massacre and returned to power after that. In the same way, the advantage of Priyanka’s belligerence will be available in the assembly elections of five states. However, he believes that the organization of the party in UP is very weak.
Peasant movement likely to be furious
Nearly ten months have passed since the farmers’ movement. For the first time such an incident has happened in which people lost their lives and the ruling BJP is being accused of it. In such a situation, the resentment of the farmers against the BJP may increase and the agitation will intensify in the West as well as in other parts of the state. There is a significant number of Sikh community in the Terai region of UP and Uttarakhand. In the 2017 elections, the BJP performed well in Bareilly, Shahjahanpur, Lakhimpur Kheri and Sitapur in UP. At the same time, the number of Sikh voters is more in 9 assembly seats in Udham Singh Nagar of Uttarakhand.
Punjab is leading the farmers’ movement
Punjab is leading the movement against agricultural laws. Farmer organizations have opened a front against the BJP. In such a situation, Sikh voters of Terai region can vote against BJP. Because, the organization of Congress is stronger in Uttarakhand than in UP and can reach the threshold of victory.
Know who said what?
Is BJP afraid of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra? Is it a crime to meet the families of victims in a BJP ruled state? Taliban rule prevails in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress party stands firmly with the people and no one can stop Priyanka Gandhi from meeting the families of the victims. – Nana Patole, President of the Maharashtra unit of Congress
Is it the new strategy of BJP to crush the farmers and suppress the voice of the opposition leaders who came in their support? There is an atmosphere of anarchy in the entire state. The BJP government is only trying to save its minister. – Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP
The central government is not worried about the problems of the farmers. The ruthless killing of eight people is condemnable and reflects the stand of the Bharatiya Janata Party towards the farmers. – V Narayanasamy, senior Congress leader