A five member Congress delegation met President Ram Nath Kovind today at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The delegation comprised of senior leaders of the Congress party namely, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad.
They submitted a memorandum to the President demanding dismissal of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni. They also demanded independent judicial investigation by a Commission comprising of two siting judges of the Supreme Court or High Court.
Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra is accused of running over protesting farmers in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri. The incident triggered violence that claimed lives of 8 people, including four farmers. The accused was arrested on Saturday after being interrogated for 12 hours straight by the police. According to the police, Ashish Mishra gave “evasive answers” and was not cooperating with the police during questioning.
Congress leaders denied entry:
Shortly after the news of the Lakhimpur incident came out in the open, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tried to pay a visit to the families of the deceased but was denied entry. The police took he in custody and detained her at a guest house in Sitapur district.
The former President of the Indian National Congress, Rahul Gandhi brought the incidence up during a press conference. “There used to be democracy, there is dictatorship in India now. Politicians cannot go to Uttar Pradesh…,” he said. Gandhi asked for permission to visit the area with four other Congress leaders but UP police rejected his plea citing section 144 imposed in the area.
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