Congress Opted To Deal With Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Politically

A group of Senior officials of Congress in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have devised a three-point judicial strategy to challenge the Uttar Pradesh administration regarding the rioting in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday, that reportedly caused the death of eight individuals. According to two Congress politicians familiar with the situation, the party's top management rather decided to address the issue strategically, putting stress on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the farmers' misery.

An automobile ploughed over a bunch of peasants opposing three farm legislation passed last year, sparking the turmoil. Local farmers reportedly blamed the incident on junior home minister Ajay Mishra Teni and his son Ashish Mishra. Farm organisations claim Mishra's Mahindra Thar attacked and killed demonstrators from the back. The claim has been refuted by both the minister and his son. Unconfirmed footage of the encounter appears to support the farmers' account of events.

The legal strategy outlined by the Party leaders included filing a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), petitioning the Supreme Court for a supervised investigation into the event, and contesting the use of the Code of Criminal Procedure Section 144. The provision prohibits gatherings of more than four persons and was used to jail Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and restrict her from witnessing the farmers killed in Lakhimpur Kheri. On Wednesday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi made a tour to Lakhimpur Kheri.

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One of the two Party leaders, who spoke on the condition of confidentiality, said that they have drafted a judicial note. According to the official, leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have chosen to battle it on a political level.

The other executive, who spoke on the terms of confidentiality said that as of now, no prominent Opposition candidate has approached the NHRC for help in the Lakhimpur Kheri affair. But they still had a strategy, even inside their entity, there was some scepticism.

The strategy to go to court was shelved because Congress felt it was more essential for the party's leaders to initially enter Lakhimpur Kheri to increase tension on Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath administration.

A former judge has been appointed by the state administration to conduct an investigation. As a result, a new request for a court-monitored investigation was deemed unnecessary at this time. However, if they believe the inquiry is not moving accurately, they can request a court-monitored inquiry at any time.

On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi evaded a direct response when questioned about the government-ordered investigation. First and foremost he said that he wishes to get there and acknowledge the situation and the fact one believes yet, so first and foremost, they intend to travel there and discover.

A previous Union minister in contact with Priyanka Gandhi has informed various political figures that she, also, intends to pursue the struggle. However, the second leader replied that a sub judice problem can completely remove the political lustre.

In response to the application of Section 144, the initial leader referenced a Supreme Court judgement from 2020 that said it could not be used to prevent individuals from the free assembly.