HIGHLIGHTS:

  • BJP MP from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi penned down a letter to PM Modi and urged him to take action against those responsible for the Lakhimpur Kheri violence
  • Gandhi accused senior party colleagues of instigating the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri by giving proactive statements
  • Varun requested PM Modi to pay a compensation of Rs. 1 crore to the families of the farmers who died during the year-long protest against the farm laws

The Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi has drafted a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He urged PM Modi to take appropriate action against the Union Minister who is responsible for the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3. Though he did not mention anyone, his letter pointed finger at the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ajay Mishra Teni, whose son, Ashish Teni has been named as a prime accused in the case and is in custody.

In the letter, Gandhi accused senior party colleagues of instigating the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri by giving proactive statements. Varun cited the statements as the main cause of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. “It is the result of such statements and the adversarial environment created around the movement that on October 3, five of our farmer brothers were crushed to death by vehicles in Lakhimpur Kheri. This heartbreaking incident is a blemish on our democracy,” he said.

He also requested PM to pay a compensation of Rs. 1 crore to the families of the farmers who died during the year-long protest against the farm laws. Previously, Varun had urged the government to take a lenient view of the agitation. “I believe if this decision has been taken earlier, all these innocent lives would not have been lost,” he added in the letter. Gandhi has also backed the farmers’ demand of making MSP legally binding.

Back on Friday, in surprise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government will repeal the three farm laws. The government decided to withdraw the laws stating that it failed to explain the benefits of the legislation to a few people.

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