The Congress on Saturday (July 20) alleged that the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh wants to “deport” party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra so that she cannot meet the victims of the Sonbhadra clash.
The party also alleged that “jungle raj” was prevalent in the state and the government had failed to take action against the guilty.
Priyanka Gandhi was on Friday (July 19) detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra where 10 people were gunned down this week, triggering a standoff with the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.
Refusing to furnish a personal bond, the Congress general secretary stayed put at a guesthouse in Mirzapur district where she was taken after she squatted on the road with her supporters, insisting that she be allowed to proceed and meet the victim families.
“BJP government fails to prevent Sonbhadra Massacre. BJP government fails to act against guilty. BJP government illegally arrests Priyanka ji for wanting to meet families,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet.
‘अंधेर नगरी, चौपट राजा’,
ये है यू.पी की भाजपा सरकार।
आख़िर आदित्यंनाथ सरकार नरसंहार से पीड़ित परिवारों को श्रीमती प्रियंका गांधी से क्यों नहीं मिलने देती?
भाजपाई अपराधियों को क्यों बचा रहे हैं? https://t.co/EvT1yTuE1a
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) 19 July 2019
On Friday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath suspended a sub-divisional magistrate and four policemen. Twenty-nine people have been arrested so far in the Sonbhadra case.
“BJP government cuts electricity/water of Chunar guest house where she is held. BJP government now wants to deport her from UP. Jungle Raj!” he said.
The Congress also targeted the Uttar Pradesh government over the detention of Priyanka Gandhi, with former party chief Rahul Gandhi terming it as “illegal arrest”.
Upping the ante against the BJP dispensation, the Congress had alleged that human rights violations were taking place in the state and asked if the Yogi Adityanath government be allowed to stay in power on ethical grounds.
It also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the issue.
The party has planned countrywide protests against the turn of events, with party general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal writing to all state units and senior leaders to organise such protests in each district and state headquarters.
One such protest was organised in Delhi too following the Priyanka Gandhi’s detention.
“Will the Adityanath government be able to suppress truth by converting the Umbha village (Sonbhadra) into a police cantonment?” Surjewala said.
Why does the BJP government fear Priyanka Gandhi, he asked.
Surjewala also questioned as to why there was police vigil in all parts of the village when the people there are waiting to meet Priyanka Gandhi and give a call to justice.
Ten people were killed and several others injured in the clash between supporters of a village headman and Gond tribals in Sonbhadra districts Ghorawal area on Wednesday.