In the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the violence is “absolutely condemnable” saying that there are so many issues happening across the nation that needs to raised, “when they happen and not when it suits others” because there is a BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.
Finance Minister is on an official visit to the US, on tuesday, a question was raised for Sitharaman at Harvard Kennedy School regarding the violence in Lakhimpur kheri will led to the death of four farmers and her take on arrest of Ajay Mishra’s Son, Ashish Mishra. She was asked why there is no statement on this case by PM Modi. To this she replied, “No, absolutely not… It’s nice of you to have picked up that one incident which is absolutely condemnable, every one of us say that. Equally there are instances happening elsewhere, is my concern.” She further added, “India has issues of such nature happening in very many different parts of the country equally. I would like you, and many others, including Dr Amartya Sen, who all know India, to raise it at every time when it happens, not just raise it when it suits us because it’s a state where BJP is in power, one of my cabinet colleague’s son is in probably trouble, and also assume that it’s actually them who did it and not anybody else. Due course of justice will also have a complete inquiry process to establish it.”
“And it’s not being defensive about my party or my Prime Minister. It’s being defensive about India. I will talk for India, I will talk for justice for the poor. I will not be mocked at. And if it is mocking, I will be defensive to stand up and say ‘Sorry, let’s talk on facts’. That’s my answer for you,” she further said.
She was also asked the question about the protest of farmers to which she said that the three laws were discussed by the various parliamentary committees for over a decade. She said “This has been in the making for a decade now. Every stakeholder has been consulted.” She further added, “When the farm laws were brought in the Lok Sabha, there was an elaborate discussion and the agriculture minister gave his reply as well. It was only when it came to the Rajya Sabha, there was a lot of noise and disturbance.”
A total of eight people died in Lakhimpur Kheri incident. Out of eight people who died, four were farmers who were crashed by car of BJP workers. Angry farmers then burnt the vehicles of the people causing violence in the area. Situation became critical and internet services were also banned in the area for some time. The other four dead people included BJP workers and the driver of the car.