Kheri violence condemnable, but it’s not isolated case: Sitharaman | India News


BOSTON: The Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which four farmers were killed, is “absolutely condemnable,” finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said, emphasising that there are issues of such nature happening in other parts of India equally which should be raised “when they happen and not when it suits others” because there is a BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.
Sitharaman, who is on an official visit to the US, was responding to a question during a conversation at Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday about the killing of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri and the arrest of Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra.
She was asked why there is no word on this from the PM, senior ministers and why there is a “defensive reaction” when somebody asks questions about such things.
“No, absolutely not… It’s nice of you to have picked up that one incident which is absolutely condemnable, every one of us say that. Equally there are instances happening elsewhere, is my concern.
“India has issues of such nature happening in very many different parts of the country equally. I would like you, and many others who all know India, to raise it at every time when it happens, not just raise it when it suits us because it’s a state where BJP is in power, one of my Cabinet colleague’s son is probably in trouble, and also assume that it’s actually them who did it and not anybody else. Due course of justice will also have a complete inquiry process to establish it,” she said.
“And it’s not being defensive about my party or my PM. It’s being defensive about India. I will talk for India, I will talk for justice for the poor. I will not be mocked at. And if it is mocking, I will be defensive to stand up and say ‘Sorry, let’s talk on facts’. That’s my answer for you,” she said.





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