Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked about the controversial arrest of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra while on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, saying he was “not disturbed” by the alleged misbehavior with her sister as they were both “to face such attacks”. trained”.
Rahul Gandhi said, “Whether it’s Priyanka or me – we don’t mind a scuffle. You can hit us, attack us… This is our training from years ago… Our family used to give us Is.”
The Congress leader spoke to the media before leaving for Lucknow, from where he planned to drive about 100 km to Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people, including four farmers, were killed during a protest on Sunday.
The UP administration has banned several opposition politicians from visiting Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of the deceased farmers, citing law and order problem and rules against gathering of four or more people there.
Rahul Gandhi has also been denied permission. “We are planning to visit the site with two chief ministers. We are only three persons.”
Alleging a “systematic attack on farmers”, Mr Gandhi also taunted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not visiting Lakhimpur Kheri on his way to Lucknow.
In the early hours of Monday, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi and Deepinder Hooda were stopped at Sitapur near Lakhimpur Kheri and surrounded by policemen.
Priyanka Gandhi was seen in a major confrontation with the police as she sought to see a warrant for her arrest. In one video she is seen attacking the police as Mr Hooda was physically pushed. “Try touching me…,” she was heard saying. “If you put me in that car, I will accuse you of kidnapping. And the charge will not be against the police but against you,” she told the police.
Since then he is lodged in a government guest house in Sitapur.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted after his arrest: “Priyanka, I know you won’t hold back – they are stunned by your courage. In this non-violent fight for justice, we will make the nation’s Annadata win.”