One day after Congress vice-president was denied permission to visit the riot-hit region of Saharanpur, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav was also not granted the permission as well, reported news agency ANI. However, Rahul Gandhi did visit Saharanpur and met the victims as well. He was accompanied by senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar and also discussed the deteriorating situation prevailing in the state with the locals.
“Jammu Kashmir is burning, we had brought peace in Kashmir, Narendra Modi ji is providing foothold to treasonists in J&K. (J&K jal raha hai, hum shaanti laaye thay J&K mein, jo deshdrohi shaktiyan hain unko Narendra Modiji J&K mein foothold de rahe hain),” Rahul Gandhi was quoted as saying by ANI. “Government has failed on law & order in UP. Everybody in the country who is not powerful is scared & this is not the way to run a country,” Gandhi said.
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“There’s no place for Dalits and poor in the country, they are being suppressed, this is happening in the entire country. (Aaj ke Hindustan mein gareeb, kamzoor ke liye jagah nahi hai, Daliton ko dabaya ja rha hai, ye puray Hinudustan mein ho raha hai),” Gandhi added. Responding to Gandhi’s visit, UP minister Shrikant Sharma replied by calling the Congress vice-president a ‘tragedy tourist. “Rahul Gandhi & company frustration mein hain. Rahul Gandhi tragedy tourist hain, jahan tragedy hoti hai zarur jaate hain (Rahul Gandhi and company are frustrated. Rahul Gandhi is a tragedy tourist, wherever there is a tragedy, he goes,” Shrikant Sharma was quoted saying by ANI.
The Congress vice president was yesterday denied permission to visit the clash-affected district where a caste conflict had erupted in which many Dalits were allegedly targeted. The news was confirmed by the Additional Director General of Police Law and Order Aditya Mishra. “We have requested all political parties not to visit the state until the situation is brought back to normal in Saharanpur,” Mishra told ANI.