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Lakhimpur Kheri case | PM Modi should apologise, fire Ajay Mishra, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, Mallikarjun Kharge and other Opposition parties members addressing the media after a protest march demanding revocation of the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs, during ongoing winter session of Parliament at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Tuesday. December 14, 2021.

Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, Mallikarjun Kharge and other Opposition parties members addressing the media after a protest march demanding revocation of the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs, during ongoing winter session of Parliament at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Tuesday. December 14, 2021.

On a day when the Special Investigation Team probing the Lakhimpur violence that claimed eight lives submitted that the entire incident was a “pre-planned conspiracy”, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi demanded the resignation of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra and sought an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He alleged that the Minister tried to kill farmers and the Prime Minister knew as he was a member of his team.

“A Minister has tried to kill farmers. The Prime Minister knows as he is in his team. We raised the issue but we were not allowed a discussion on it even then. We were all silenced at the time after we wanted to discuss the issue,” Mr. Gandhi said. He was speaking at the conclusion of the joint Opposition march protesting against the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs.

Asked if the Congress would raise the issue in Parliament, the former Congress chief said, “We will certainly raise the issue in Parliament but they will not allow us to raise it.”

To another question, he said, “When they ran their jeep over farmers, which forces were behind them? Who gave them the liberty and which force kept them out of jail?” He alleged that there are two or three capitalists who want to steal the farmers’ income who are backing Mr. Modi.


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