Lakhimpur Kheri fallout: Congress threatens Kashmir to Kanyakumari protest
"We also demand a stern action against the culprits so that a message could be sent that the government is not against the farmers," Rajeev Shukla said.
After killing five farmers and four others in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri, the Congress on Monday demanded the early release of its General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and removal of MoS Home Affairs Ajay Mishra. It also demanded adequate compensation to the killed farmers and constituted a high-level probe in killing other people present at the incident site on Sunday.
Senior Congress leader Rajeev Shukla alleged that the government had developed a new system that stopped political leaders from meeting the victims. "During our ten years of tenure, we never stopped anyone from visiting the incident sites. We have even allowed our incumbent prime minister to visit the 26/11 site where operations were on," Shukla said. He was reacting after Priyanka Gandhi was not allowed to visit the victims family members. Deepender Hooda accompanied her.
Sharing details about the future course of action, he said, "the Congress party's workers will gherao the district magistrates' offices across the country right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. It will be a countrywide protest because farmers are being suppressed, they are being killed, they are being tortured, they can't raise their voice which is very unfortunate in the democracy."
"We also demand a stern action against the culprits so that a message could be sent that the government is not against the farmers," the Congress leader said.
Earlier in the day, senior BJP leader Varun Gandhi wrote to UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath to give Rs 1 crore compensation to deceased farmers' family members and set up CBI inquiry under Supreme Court's supervision.
Responding to claims that his son Ashish Mishra was driving the car that hit protesting farmers and murdered eight people in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday, minister of state Ajay Mishra Teni stated that his son was not even present at the time of the event. He criticised the entire affair, calling it a "plot" and adding that his truck, which his driver was driving, was showered with stones, causing it to topple and two farmers to fall below.