BJP MP Varun Gandhi – dropped from his party’s national executive this month after demanding justice for families of farmers killed in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri, and speaking out on behalf of other protesting farmers against the new laws of the center – is in no mood to back down.
This morning Mr Gandhi tweeted an undated video of Atal Bihari Vajpayee (who looks very young), in which the late former prime minister warns the government against bullying farmers.
“… warns the government against intimidation of farmers. Don’t try to scare us … Farmers are not going to be afraid. We don’t want to use the farmers’ movement for politics … “Mr. Vajpayee said in the video.
“We support their genuine claims, and if the government tries to scare us, or abuse the laws, or ignore the peaceful farmers’ movement, we will also be part of the movement,” he adds.
“Wise words from a leader with a big heart,” is Mr. Gandhi’s comment on the shared video.
Wise words from a leader with a big heart … pic.twitter.com/xlRtznjFAx
– Varun Gandhi (@ varungandhi80) October 14, 2021
Earlier this month, Varun Gandhi was excluded from the 80 members of the BJP’s national executive, as were his mother Maneka Gandhi and former Union Minister Birender Singh; all three were seen as sympathetic to the farmers’ protests against the central laws.
Mr Gandhi is also the only BJP member to date to speak out on the Lakhimpur Kheri issue, in which Ashish Mishra, the son of young Interior Minister Ajay Mishra, is accused of murdering four farmers. .
The MP for Pilibhit not only asked for “responsibilities” but also wrote to the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, to demand an investigation from the CBI and compensation of 1 crore rupees for the farming families deceased.
This week, he also targeted Ajay Mishra for his comment that Khalistanis had organized the events in Lakhimpur; without naming it, he criticized it as an attempt to give a common color.
Last week, he tweeted a video of the black SUV driving through a group of peaceful protesters from behind, calling it “murder” and claiming the video was enough to “shake the soul”.
The video is crystal clear. Protesters cannot be silenced by the murder. There must be accountability for the innocent blood of farmers that has been shed and justice must be served before a message of arrogance and cruelty enters the mind of every farmer. ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/Z6NLCfuujK
– Varun Gandhi (@ varungandhi80) October 7, 2021
Months of farmer protest against the centre’s new farm laws formed the backdrop for a series of hostile clashes between the ruling BJP and opposition parties, including a fierce standoff in the monsoon session of Parliament which included physical confrontations in the final on the week.
The protests also included violent clashes between farmers and police in various states, including BJP-led Haryana. The violence left dozens injured on both sides and drew stinging criticism from the opposition, which accused the center of using brute force against farmers.