BJP MP Varun Gandhi – who called for justice for the families of farmers killed in Lakhimpur Kheri in UP and was ousted from his party’s national executive post this month after speaking in support of other farmers in protest of the Centre’s new law – is not in a backward mood.
This morning Mr Gandhi tweeted an undated video of Gandhi (very young looking) Atal Bihari Vajpayee, warning the government against intimidating farmers by the late former prime minister.
“… Warn the government against intimidating the farmers. Don’t try to intimidate us … The farmers will not be intimidated. We do not want to use the peasant movement for politics …” Mr Vajpayee said in the video.
“We support their real demands and if the government tries to intimidate us, or abuses the law, or ignores the peaceful movement of farmers, we will also be part of the movement,” he said.
In the shared video, Mr. Gandhi Gandhi’s comment is “the wise words of a big-minded leader”.
The wise words of a great leader … pic.twitter.com/xlRtznjFAx
– Varun Gandhi (@ varungandhi80) October 14, 2021
Earlier this month, Varun Gandhi was dropped from the BJP’s 0-member national executive, as did his mother Maneka Gandhi and former Union Minister Birendra Singh; All three were seen to be sympathetic to the farmers’ protest against the Centre’s law.
Mr Gandhi is the only BJP member to have spoken so far on the Lakhimpur Kheri issue, where Ashish Mishra, son of junior home minister Ajay Mishra, is accused of killing four farmers.
The Pilivit MP not only demanded “accountability”, but also wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath demanding a CBI probe and compensation of Rs 1 crore to the families of the deceased farmers.
This week, he also targeted Ajay Mishra for commenting that the Lakshmipur events were created by the Khalistanis; Without naming it, he called it an attempt to give it a communal color.
Last week he tweeted a video of black SUV farming through a group of peaceful protesters from behind, tagging it as “murder” and saying the video was enough to “stir the soul”.
The video is crystal clear. Protesters cannot be silenced by killing. Farmers must be held accountable for their innocent blood and justice must be done before the message of arrogance and cruelty enters the minds of every farmer. ?????????????????? pic.twitter.com/Z6NLCfuujK
– Varun Gandhi (@ varungandhi80) October 7, 2021Advertisement
Months of farmers’ protests against the Centre’s new farm law have set the stage for a series of hostile clashes between the ruling BJP and the opposition, including fierce fighting during the monsoon session of parliament, which culminated in physical clashes. Week
Protests include violent clashes between farmers and police in various states, especially in BJP-ruled Haryana. The violence has injured dozens on both sides and sharply criticized the opposition, which has accused the center of using brutal force against farmers.