Top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said that “dictatorship prevails in India” now.
“There is dictatorship in India now. Since yesterday, we are being told that we can’t go to Uttar Pradesh,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday, launched an all-out attack on the BJP governments both at the Centre and Uttar Pradesh over violence in Lakhimpur Kheri.
The top Congress leader claimed that farmers are victims of a “systematic attack”.
“For some time now, farmers are being attacked by the government. They are being run over and murdered,” said Rahul Gandhi while slamming the Centre over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
Gandhi said he will try to visit Lakhimpur Kheri along with two chief ministers to meet the families of those farmers who were killed on Sunday.
“Today, with two CMs we will visit Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh to understand the situation there and support the farmers’ families,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has denied permission to the Congress delegation for the visit, citing imposition of prohibitory orders under Section 144.
“UP government has not given permission for Rahul Gandhi’s visit and has asked him not to come,” informed Lucknow police commissioner DK Thakur.
Police barricades have been erected on the road to Lakhimpur Kheri since Tuesday night to prevent leaders from entering the district.
When asked about detention of Priyanka Gandhi in Sitapur, Rahul Gandhi said: “When it comes to Priyanka, it’s alright they have detained her. But this issue is all about farmers.”