Priyanka Gandhi Vadra To Take Part In Final Prayers For UP Farmers Today

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Congress says it is a way to show their solidarity with farmer families who lost their loved ones (File)

Lucknow:

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will again head to Lakhimpur Kheri today to participate in the “antim ardas (final rites)” prayers of the protesting farmers who were mowed down in the Uttar Pradesh district earlier this month.

Heavy barricading and police checks were visible on the Lucknow-Sitapur-Lakhimpur highway.

Preparations for the final prayers are underway at a field, away from the spot where the violence took place in Tikonia village of Lakhimpur Kehri in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

Ashish Mishra – son of Union Minister of State for home, Ajay Mishra – now arrested, is accused of running his SUV over slogan-shouting farmers in the district on October 3.

Farmers and leaders of various farm unions from various states and districts of the state will participate in the programme.

Farmer leader and national spokesperson of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) Rakesh Tikait arrived in Tikunia last night for the programme.

On whether politicians will be part of the prayers, BKU-Tikait district vice president Balkar Singh said, “No political leader will be allowed to share the stage where only Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) leaders will be present.”

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) is the umbrella body of farmer unions spearheading the ongoing protests against the centre’s farm laws.





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