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Priyanka Gandhi writes to PM Modi: ‘If your intentions are clear, don’t share dais with Ajay Mishra’

“If your intentions about farmers are clear, don’t share the dais with union minister of state for home. Dismiss him,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said in her letter to PM Narendra Modi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 21, 2021 5:10:50 am
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Narendra Modi (PTI/File)

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him not to share the dais with Union Minister of State for Home, Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ – whose son has been arrested in connection with the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri – at a conference of Director Generals of Police (DGPs) and Inspector Generals of Police (IGPs) being held in Lucknow.

“If your intentions are clean, don’t share dais with the Union Minister of State for Home. Dismiss him,” she said in the letter.

Responding to her comments, Uttar Pradesh minister Siddharth Nath Singh asked her since when the “corporate Congress” has started caring for farmers, according to a PTI report.

Priyanka’s letter came a day after the PM announced that the three farm laws which had caused nationwide protests by farmers would be repealed in the next Assembly session.

“You are the Prime Minister of the country. You must be understanding your responsibility towards the farmers of the country. Ensuring justice to every citizen is not only the duty but also the moral responsibility of the prime minister. Yesterday, while addressing the nation, you had said that with a clear conscience and pious heart and keeping in mind the interests of the farmers, an unprecedented decision to repeal the farm laws has been taken,” Priyanka said in the letter.

“You also said you have good intentions for the farmers. If that is true, then getting justice delivered to the families of those killed in Lakhimpur Kheri should be your top priority. But, Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ still remains a member of your council of ministers. If you share the stage with the father of the accused at the DGP conference, then a clear message will go to the aggrieved families that you are standing with those who are giving protection to the murderers,” she wrote.

She also asked the PM to ensure that cases registered against farmers for staging protests are withdrawn and financial assistance is given to the families of those who lost their lives during the agitation.

Referring to Ajay Mishra’s son, Ashish, Priyanka alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government has tried to stifle the voice of justice from the very beginning in the case and pointed out that even the Supreme Court has observed that the government perhaps is trying to save a special accused.

BJP’s Singh hit out at Priyanka saying, “For you, the biggest farmer is Robert Vadra, who bought land at throwaway prices from the farmers, and sold them overnight at high prices,” Singh said in a statement. Robert Vadra is Priyanka’s husband.

According to the PTI report, Singh, who is also the spokesperson of the BJP government in UP, questioned Priyanka’s “silence” on the killing of farmers in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh and the police lathicharging farmers in Rajasthan. The Congress is in power in both those states.

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