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Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Congress Slams BJP On First Anniversary

On the first anniversary of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the Congress on Monday hit out at the central government for its failure to dismiss Union minister of state for home affairs Ajay Mishra Teni.

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By: Anand Singh | NEW DELHI
Updated: October 3, 2022 15:33
Ajay Mishra Teni, MoS, Union home ministry
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On the first anniversary of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the Congress on Monday hit out at the central government for its failure to dismiss Union minister of state for home affairs Ajay Mishra Teni. Teni’s son, Ashish Mishra Teni, was one of the key accused in the case.

The Congress also said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoning Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar in the National Herald case on October 7 in the national capital is a political vendetta to derail and disrupt the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Congress general secretary (Communications) Jairam Ramesh said, “Today is the first anniversary of the Lakhimpur Kheri farmers’ massacre. There was clear evidence that the son of a central government minister was involved in the case. And yet, he is still the minister.”

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“There can be nothing more shameful than that the farmers who were staging a protest against the three black farm laws were killed,” Ramesh, who released a mobile application for the Bharat Jodo Yatra, added.

At least four farmers were killed on October 3, 2021, in Lakhimpur Kheri by a vehicle owned by Teni. A journalist was also killed in the incident. In the ensuing violence, three BJP supporters were also killed by the angry mob of farmers.

The farmers were protesting against the three farm laws, which they dubbed black laws and were demanding their withdrawal.

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Ramesh said that on the 26th day of Bharat Jodo Yatra, Congress is raising the issue of the farmers. “We are once again supporting the demands of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha like MSP and others, which we have supported and will continue to do so,” he said.

Targeting the government, Ramesh, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, said, “One of the mottos of the Bharat Jodo Yatra was that the government has been unable to assist farmers whereas it is helping industrialists. Public intervention is being reduced so that the role of private companies in the agriculture sector increases. This is a matter of concern.”

To a question by The New Indian on the fresh ED summons to Shivakumar, Ramesh said, “It’s not surprising. The politics of vendetta continues and every effort will be made by the Modi government and the Bommai government and every puppet government to derail and disrupt the yatra.”

“We are not going to be derailed and disrupted, and we will continue. And today, by the end of the day, we will walk and cover 66 km in Karnataka,” he added.

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