Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday, December 15, alleged that the Opposition was not being allowed to speak on the floor of the House about the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
The Congress was vocal on the issue in Parliament on Wednesday, leading to the adjournment of Lok Sabha till 2 pm.
“They are not allowing us to speak in the House. We are saying that a report has come out which says that the minister (Ajay Misra) was involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. The matter must be discussed. But they [government] are not allowing discussion,” Rahul Gandhi said.
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“The minister must resign,” Gandhi demanded.
Eight people were killed on October 3 after violence erupted during a farmers’ protest, claiming the lives of farmers and BJP workers ahead of a visit to Lakhimpur by Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Four of the dead were people in cars that were part of a convoy of BJP workers who had come to welcome the UP minister. The four others were farmers. The Special Investigation Team probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence incident has said that there was a planned conspiracy to murder protesting farmers.
In light of their findings, investigators have written to a judge to modify the charges against the accused, including Union Minister of State Ajay Misra’s son, Ashish Misra.