HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · Leaders such as Kapil Sibal, Anand Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad have severely condemned the detention
  • · Kapil Sibal has stated that lawlessness has been a norm in UP, taking a jab at the administration of the state, after Priyanka’s detention
  • · Mrs. Gandhi was detained by the UP police on Monday while she was on her way to meet the families of the victims who have been killed during the ongoing farmer’s protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, on Sunday

G-23 leaders who have written to Sonia Gandhi last year, demanding changes in the organization have rallied at the detention of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Priyanka was detained on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of the victims of the violent incident which took place on Sunday.

Kapil Sibal, who is a member of the G-23, has taken a jab at the detention by calling it illegal. He has also maintained that lawlessness was a norm in UP. In a tweet, the Congress leader has said that following such a situation in the state, “violation of personal liberty is guaranteed.” He has also observed, “instead of prosecuting those responsible, you detain those who seek justice.”

Last week, a section of Congress workers vandalized Sibal’s house after his demand for an open dialogue within Congress. The vandalism was severely criticized by senior leaders of the party. Anand Sharma, another member of the group of 23, has condemned Priyanka’s detention and stated it to be a “repressive manhandling”.

He has said, “such repressive actions cannot suppress the voice of farmers and call for justice….Justice must prevail.” Ghulam Nabi Azad, another signatory of the letter which was sent to Sonia Gandhi, has tweeted, “I strongly condemn the high handedness of UP (Uttar Pradesh) police by stopping Mrs. Priyanka Gandhi on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri to pay condolences to the family members of kisans (farmers) killed. A judicial probe should be conducted to find out the truth behind the incident in which kisans were killed.“

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