BJP’s Varun Gandhi – who was dropped from the party’s national executive earlier this week – today took note of junior Home Minister Ajay Mishra’s remarks that the Khalistanis had created incidents in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. Without naming the minister, Mr Gandhi said it was an attempt to paint the incident as communal, which he had earlier identified as a “murder” and demanded accountability.
Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was arrested on charges of attacking four farmers at a protest rally last Sunday after the Supreme Court’s nationwide outrage and scathing remarks. He was charged with murder and had his name in the FIR six days ago.
Earlier today, Mr. Gandhi Gandhi tweeted:
Trying to change # Lakhimpurkheri A Hindu vs Sikh war is being created. It is not just an immoral and false narrative, creating this fault line and reopening the wound is dangerous which can heal a generation.
– Varun Gandhi (@ varungandhi80) October 10, 2021
Later, he told reporters, “The struggle for justice in Lakhimpur, with its brutal massacre of poor farmers in the face of an arrogant local powerful class, has no religious meaning.”
“The generous use of the term Khalistani to describe the protesting peasants is not only an insult to the generation of these proud boys of theirs who have fought and shed blood on our borders, the wrong kind of reaction,” he added.
During the ongoing agitation against the new agricultural law at the Center, Varun Gandhi has consistently spoken in support of the farmers.
Four farmers were killed after the horrific incident last Sunday and four more were killed in the ensuing violence, making him the only BJP leader to flag the issue.
On Tuesday, he tweeted a video of Plow through the back of a black SUV through a group of peaceful protesters, tagging it as “murder” and saying the video was enough to “stir the soul.”
He has written a letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seeking a CBI probe and Rs one crore compensation for the families of the deceased farmers.
In another tweet, he said, “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.”
Excluded from the BJP’s national executive on Thursday, the 1-year-old commented that he had not attended the national executive meeting in five years.
Ashish Mishra was arrested five days after his name was revealed in a murder case. The move by the police came amid questions about the minister’s son being given VIP treatment and criticism from the Supreme Court, which said the law must be enforced against “anyone involved”.