NEW DELHI: Former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday once again upped the ante against the government over the October 3 Lakhimpur incident, in which four farmers and a journalist were mowed down by a speeding SUV belonging to MoS Home Ajay Mishr Teni and slammed the government saying that the government on one hand has apologised to farmers but the Modi cabinet was silent on their minister.
Rahul Gandhi made the remarks after the opposition parties on Tuesday led a protest march against the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and suspension of 12 MPs from Rajya Sabha from Mahatma Gandhi statue inside Parliament premises to Vijay Chowk.
While speaking to the media, Rahul said, “Once again all the opposition parties are raising the issue of Lakhimpur Kheri. We have repeatedly said that there is a minister (Ajay Mishr Teni) whose son mowed down the farmers.”
Targeting the government, the Congress leader said that the SIT in its report mentioned that it was a conspiracy and this was not an isolated incident.
“But the Prime Minister will not do anything against him,” he said, adding that he knows when he stops speaking, the media will ask different questions to divert the issue.
He alleged that the media and the government are not doing their work.
“The reality is that the son of a Minister has mowed down the farmers. The Prime Minister says I apologise to farmers while on the other hand he keeps the Minister in his cabinet. So all the opposition has come together to convey the message that the actions against the people of the country will not be accepted,” he added.
The issue of Lakhimpur Kheri has rocked Parliament during the Winter Session. The opposition MPs have been demanding removal of Ajay Mishr Teni from the Cabinet. The SIT in court sought to invoke four more criminal charges, including the attempt to murder and under the Arms Act, against the 13 accused who have been arrested.
Ajay Mishr Teni’s son Ashish Mishr is currently lodged in Lakhimpur jail after he was arrested in connection with the case. The SIT has pointed out that the incident was “well-planned and a deliberate act”, and not one of negligence or callousness.