'Earn people's trust; not into politics to rob or crush someone under Fortuner': UP BJP chief
"We have neither gone into politics to rob (people) nor have we come to crush someone under a Fortuner (SUV)," Singh remarked at a gathering of the UP BJP's minority morcha.
With the BJP under fire over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, UP head Swatantra Dev Singh encouraged party members on Sunday to earn people's trust by their actions, adding, "We are not in politics to plunder or crush someone under a Fortuner." His statements came after Union minister Ajay Mishra's son, Ashish Mishra, was placed under judicial custody for allegedly mowing down four farmers by an SUV in Lakhimpur Kheri.
"We have neither gone into politics to rob (people) nor have we come to crush someone under a Fortuner (SUV)," Singh remarked at a gathering of the UP BJP's minority morcha. "Your actions will get you votes. My heart leaps when I hear that ten people in your neighbourhood are applauding you (with pride)," he added. He further argued that your behaviour should be such that others do not turn away when they see you.
The BJP leader's remarks came just hours after Congress national secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the government of attempting to shield a Union minister's son in the case, saying that nobody was safe in the country to save BJP politicians and their "billionaire buddies."
Ashish Mishra 'Monu,' the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, has been sentenced to 14 days in judicial custody in connection with the October 3 Lakhimpur riots. He was arrested on Friday night after more than 12 hours of questioning in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri riots, killing eight people; four of them were farmers.
According to senior prosecution officer SP Yadav, after roughly 12 hours of interrogation, a medical team examined Ashish Mishra in the criminal branch office, following which he was taken for production before a judicial magistrate, who sentenced him to jail. In a statement regarding the arrest, DIG Agarwal stated that Ashish Mishra was detained "due to non-cooperation and evasive responses."
The development occurred a day after the Supreme Court expressed its displeasure with the measures taken against the defendants in the Lakhimpur tragedy, which sparked widespread anger. Following accusations that he was in one of the cars that mowed down four farmers opposing UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya's visit last Sunday, Ashish Mishra was identified in an FIR.