RAHUL, PRIYANKA WITH CONGRESS DELEGATION MEETS PRESIDENT KOVIND

On Wednesday, the Congress delegation met with President Ramnath Kovind to discuss the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and concerns surrounding it. The incident during which 4 farmers and a journalist were killed by an SUV owned by the Union Minister for State Home Affairs Ajay Mishra has sent shockwaves across the country and the Congress party is set to bring it up as a major political focal point to mobilise critics of the ruling government. The delegation included Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, A K Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad. “This deliberate act of murder, in broad daylight followed by the audacious reactions of the State and Central Governments, has completely eroded the people’s faith in those tasked with bringing these perpetrators to justice,” said the Congress party in a statement to the President.

Speaking to the media after the meeting the President, Rahul Gandhi said that they had raised concerns over Mishra staying in the cabinet as this would affect a fair probe. He also said that the Congress has suggested that the probe be conducted by two sitting judges of the Supreme Court. Mallikarjun Kharge said the delegation has passed on all the details to President Kovind.  He further added, “We have two demands – independent inquiry by sitting judges should be done and MoS Home should either resign or should be dismissed. Justice will only then be possible”.

“In these difficult circumstances, we call upon you as the custodian of our Constitution and the moral compass to this Government to immediately dismiss Union MOS Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni and to direct an independent judicial investigation by a Commission comprising of two sitting judges of the Supreme Court of India or the High Court,” the delegation stated in their address to the President.

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