Baghel stages sit-in at Lucknow airport

Baghel stages sit-in at Lucknow airport

Raipur: Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday said that it is shame that action was not taken against the culprits of Lakhirmpur Kheri incident, in which four farmers among eight were killed.

Talking to media in a virtual press conference from Lucknow on Tuesday afternoon, Baghel said that at present, Section 144 has been imposed in Lakhimpur Kheri and so he was not allowed to go there and meet the family of the victims.

However, the chief minister said that he would reach to them as soon as Section 144 is lifted and then no one can prevent him and other senior Congress leaders including Priyanka Gandhi.

The BJP leaders are celebrating 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav' in Uttar Pradesh at a time when justice has been denied to the victims of Lakhimpur Kheri incident.

The opposition leaders were stopped by Uttar Pradesh government to meet the family members of deceased farmers which is condemnable. The rights of farmers are being crushed, he said.

Baghel said that when his flight landed at Lucknow Airport, he was asked to alight first and then he was taken in a bus to the arrival lounge of the Airport where he was informed that he was not being allowed to go outside the Airport.  According to the protocol, a chief minister is generally provided a car but Bhupesh Baghel was taken in a bus at the Lucknow Airport.

Baghel said that he had gone to Lucknow to meet Priyanka Gandhi, who has been in police custody for two days in Sitapur. But he was not allowed to leave the Airport and therefore he staged sit-in protest at the Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Replying to a query on BJP leaders’ allegations that he is playing politics over the deaths of farmers, Chief Minister Baghel said that the Congress party is in opposition in Uttar Pradesh and so he came to Uttar Pradesh to meet Priyanka Gandhi and other Congress leaders. 

Replying to another query on his future course of action, the Chief Minister said, “Now, it depends on Uttar Pradesh either the police allow me to leave the Airport to meet Priyanka Gandhi or not.”

Asked on the BJP’s allegations over Silger incident, Bhupesh Baghel said, “The BJP leaders have not been stopped to go to Silger. The BJP is in opposition in Chhattisgarh. If the BJP leaders want to go to Silger, they could go there.”

Responding to another query, Baghel termed the BJP government as anti-farmer and claimed that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government is fearful and so the BJP government is stopping the opposition leaders to go to meet the family members of the deceased farmers.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Baghel was on Tuesday afternoon stopped by Uttar Pradesh police at Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh amid widespread demonstrations against eight deaths in Lakhimpur district of Uttar Pradesh on October 3. Baghel departed from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi for Lucknow at 12.20 pm by a regular flight and he arrived at 1.25 at Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Lucknow.