HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Gandhi in his tweet on Sunday, has claimed that there were attempts to turn Lakhimpur Kheri into a Hindu vs Sikh battle.
  • Varun and Maneka Gandhi’s names were dropped from the new national executive committee of BJP after Varun condemned the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
  • Earlier, Gandhi had also come in support of the farmers who were protesting against the three farm laws.

On Sunday, BJP MP from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi, tweeted that attempts were being made to transmogrify “Lakhimpur Kheri into a Hindu vs Sikh battle.” Gandhi stated that such attempts were not only “immoral” but “dangerous” as well, and pleaded with the parties not to “put petty political gains above national unity.”

Varun has tweeted, “An attempt to turn #LakhimpurKheri into a Hindu vs Sikh battle is being made. Not only is this an immoral and false narrative. It is dangerous to create these fault lines and reopen wounds that have taken a generation to heal. We must not put petty political gains above national unity.” According to sources, Varun Gandhi believed that the incident at Lakhimpur had no religious connotations and its struggle for justice was “about the cruel massacre in the face of an arrogant local power elite.”

He has also stated that attributing the protesting farmers as “Khalistani”, was not only humiliating for the generation comprising these “proud sons”, but it was hazardous for the national unity as well, if it invoked a wrong kind of reaction. The names of Varun Gandhi and Maneka Gandhi were excluded from the new national executive committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last week.

The act came ahead of Varun condemning the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra allegedly ploughed his SUV over four protesting farmers, brutally murdering them. He had also written to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, seeking a registration of murder case against those involved in the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri.

As Gandhi condemned a section of the BJP leaders using the word “Khalistani” for the protesting farmers, he stated that such demeaning usage of language was “unfair and cruel”. He also added that such acts were dangerous and unfortunate for the country, as , instead of paying heed to the voices of the struggling farmers, such pejorative language cannot be used against them. He has supported the farmers protesting against the centre directed farm laws earlier.

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