New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said he would try to lead a delegation to Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh despite being denied permission to go there.
Rahul Gandhi addressed a press conference at AICC headquarters in Delhi before leaving for Lakhimpur Kheri.
Claiming that farmers were being “systematically attacked”, he said, “There was democracy earlier, but now there is only dictatorship in the country.” He added that Opposition leaders were being barred from entering Lakhimpur, which “happens in a dictatorship”.
Lashing out at the media, he said they were not doing their duty and not questioning BJP government on its failures and crimes like in Hathras and Lakhimpur.
He said he would lead a delegation of three people to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet families of the deceased, pointing out that section 144 did not apply to three people
However, UP government has denied permission for the trip in wake of “law and order situation”, Lucknow police commissioner DK Thakur said on Wednesday.
Since the incident of violence on Sunday, several Opposition leaders have been prevented from reaching the district. First, it was Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi and party leader Deepender Hooda who were detained when they tried to go to Lakhimpur Kheri. Later, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav was prevented from leaving his house and an FIR was registered against him for unlawful assembly. Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel was not allowed to leave the Lucknow airport. AAP MP Sanjay Singh was arrested after being detained at guest house for more than 30 hours.
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