– Yogi and Modi government’s lax attitude towards Lakhimpur Kheri incident forced Supreme Court for stern remarks
– One-member inquiry commission a sham, impartial inquiry be held under supervision of present judges of apex court
Chandigarh : Demanding immediate dismissal of Union Minister of State for Home, Ajay Mishra, father of main accused, Ashish Mishra in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, from the Modi cabinet; the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab stated that until Ajay Mishra is removed from the ministry, no justice can be expected, as the entire country’s police administration is under the direct and indirect influence of the Union Home Ministry.
In a statement issued from the party headquarters here on Saturday, senior leader of the AAP and Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema said six days after the incident, on the one hand, drama was being done by accused Ashish Mishra by surrendering through VIP treatment and on the other hand, his father Ajay Mishra is clinging to the post of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs as if nothing had happened. He said if there was even a shred of morality in the Mishra family, the accused son would have surrendered immediately and the minister’s father would have resigned immediately. But it seems that the morality of the entire BJP has gone to waste, he added.
Harpal Singh Cheema said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who teaches ethics through ‘Mann Ki Baat’, is silent about the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, as if the incident was not carried out by the ‘goon’ son of his own minister in UP, but by a Taliban in Afghanistan. He asked PM Modi what was the compulsion that the heart was not beating for ‘annadatas’ in the ’56-inch chest’ of the country and two words of sympathy did not come out of his mouth. He said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi had considered himself the Prime Minister of all including farmers and laborers then the country’s annadatas who had been sitting on the streets for months against black laws would not have harried like this.
“If the Prime Minister had not hated the farmers so much, no hooligan would have dared to run away after mowing down the farmers from his VIP vehicle and surrender voluntarily after 6 days,” said Cheema. The AAP leader said it would have been better if Prime Minister Modi had done justice to his position by immediately seeking resignation from Ajay Mishra and in case of not getting the same, would have removed him from the post of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and sent a clear signal to the country and the world; that no one should dare to take the law into their own hands.
Cheema said the lax attitude of the BJP’s Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh and Modi-led central government towards the Lakhimpur Kheri incident had also forced the Honorable Supreme Court to make scathing remarks. He termed the Yogi government’s one-member inquiry commission headed by a former judge of the Allahabad High Court as a sham, stating that as long as the Honorable Supreme Court does not oversee the investigation of this incident, the investigation will not be able to move in the right direction. Therefore, the inquiry should be time-bound for a few days and under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court, he added.