Congress steps up attack on govt over SIT report on Lakhimpur Kheri violence

New Delhi: A day after the SIT probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence said it was a “pre-planned conspiracy”, the Congress stepped up its attack on the government on Wednesday, demanding the dismissal of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra.
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said the government would have to sack the minister in order to provide justice to the victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
“He should resign,” Gandhi told reporters when asked whether Mishra should put in his papers.
He also said Opposition leaders are trying to ensure a discussion in Parliament on the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh that left eight people including four farmers dead, but the government is not allowing them.
“We are trying. They (government) are not allowing us to speak, that is why the House is being disrupted,” the Congress leaders told reporters outside Parliament.
“Their minister is involved and we have sought a discussion on the issue, but they are not allowing,” he said.
Gandhi earlier gave an adjournment notice in the Lok Sabha, demanding an immediate discussion on the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
“I hereby give notice of my intention to ask for leave to move a motion for the adjournment of the business of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent importance.
“The UP Police SIT report has highlighted that massacre of farmers at Lakhimpur was a pre-planned conspiracy and not a negligent act. The SIT has recommended for the modification of the charges against all the accused,” he said in his notice submitted to the Lok Sabha secretary general. —PTI

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