Authored by Chandra Prakash Pandey | navbharattimes.com | Updated: Oct 21, 2021, 1:46 PM
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has impressed with her combativeness in recent times. Be it the murder of a Kanpur businessman at the hands of policemen in Gorakhpur or the death of protesting farmers in Lakhimpur by the vehicles of a BJP leader’s convoy… If anyone has surrounded the Yogi government and the BJP in the most powerful way, it is Priyanka Gandhi. Vadra is the same.
Priyanka Gandhi (L) meeting the family members of sweeper Arun Valmiki in Agra and Azad (R) meeting Lakhbir Singh’s father in Tarn Taran
Two touching pictures. Both are Dalits. Both families lost their loved ones. Sympathy and condolences to both the families. One picture is of Agra in UP and the other is of Tarn Taran in Punjab. In one, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is wiping the tears of the victim’s family, extending their consolation, while in the other, Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Singhu is seen feeling the pain of an elderly father who lost his young son in the ‘Talibani vandalism’ on the border. Huh. Despite the similarities between the two incidents, both these pictures show the real face of Indian politics, where sentiments also explode after being tightened on the scales of profit and loss, determined by the mathematics of profit and loss.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is trying to make the death of a Dalit youth in Agra under suspicious circumstances a big political issue in police custody. The aim is to surround the Yogi Adityanath government on the issue of Dalit security before the UP elections. On Wednesday, she reached Arun Valmiki’s house in Agra. Valmiki’s wife hugged him and started crying. Priyanka also got emotional. Valmiki was a sanitation worker and was posted at Jagdishpur police station. He was taken into custody for stealing Rs 25 lakh from the malkhana of the police station. He later died under suspicious circumstances. The family alleges that he died due to police beating while the police claim that he died due to sudden deteriorating health. In the postmortem report, the cause of death has been given as heart attack.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has impressed with her combativeness in recent times. Be it the murder of a Kanpur businessman at the hands of policemen in Gorakhpur or the death of protesting farmers in Lakhimpur by the vehicles of a BJP leader’s convoy… If anyone has surrounded the Yogi government and the BJP in the most powerful way, it is Priyanka Gandhi. Vadra is the same. However, it is a different matter that when the son of a Congress MLA is accused of rape, Priyanka, who has a ‘girl I can fight’ attitude, avoids the question.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Congress are aggressive on the death of Dalit in Agra, but both are silent on the issue of Lakhbir Singh, a Dalit youth from Tarn Taran in Punjab who was a victim of Taliban’s brutality by Nihangs on the Singhu border. No big leader of any party reached to wipe the tears of Lakhbir’s family members except Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad. He met the victim’s family and raised his voice for justice for them. Chandrashekhar has also written a letter to CM Channi demanding compensation of Rs 1 crore to Lakhbir’s family and a CBI inquiry. No big leader of BJP, who made noise on the issue of lynching of dalits in Rajasthan, did not even go to Tarn Taran to peep.
Lakhbir Singh was brutally killed on the Singhu border for allegedly sabotaging the Guru Granth Sahib. Near the platform of the Kisan Andolan, the Nihangs performed the Talibani justice on the spot with them. They were tortured and killed. The wrist of the left hand was amputated. Leg bones were broken. When Lakhbir, begging for mercy, realized that his life would not be spared, he started pleading for cutting his neck so that he could get rid of the unbearable pain. But the savage mob hung them on a police barricade. The severed arm was also hung for the exhibition. Lakhbir died in agony. The scene was hair-raising, disturbing. Nihangs also made videos of this vandalism, video moment by moment and also publicized it.
Priyanka Gandhi is aggressive on the issue of Dalits, but neither did she get time to visit Lakhbir Singh’s house, nor would any big leader of Congress raise questions. That too when the Congress played the Dalit card in Punjab last month by making Charanjit Singh Channi the chief minister. Channi, who announced Rs 50 lakh compensation for the dead farmers in Lakhimpur, UP, did not care for Lakhbir of his own state. Neither came to meet the relatives nor announced any compensation.
In Lakhbir’s case, the Congress government in Punjab did not even run the risk of getting bogged down on the law and order issue as in the case of Rajasthan. In Rajasthan this month, a Dalit youth named Jagdish was lynched in Hanumangarh. Last month, a 17-year-old Dalit youth was lynched to death in Alwar. If Priyanka or senior Congress leaders had tried to heal the wounds by meeting the Dalit victims in Rajasthan, then the Ashok Gehlot government of Congress would have been badly surrounded on the issue of law and order and the attack of the opposition would have intensified. But the case of Lakhbir Singh was different. His brutal murder took place near the Delhi border in Haryana, away from Punjab. In such a situation, it has nothing to do with the law and order of Punjab even far and wide. Then what is the reason for Congress’s fear?
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the Congress fear that Nihang may flare up if Lakhbir goes to show sympathy to the family members of Singh. The matter is very sensitive because of the allegation of sacrilege. The Nihangs may then try to project the Congress as a supporter of the sacrilege, risking the loss of the Sikh vote. In the past, cases of sacrilege have become a sore throat for the Congress in Punjab anyway. How sensitive this issue is, it can be understood from this that Navjot Singh Sidhu had opened the sharpest front against Captain Amarinder on this issue and a Congress strongman like Captain was forced to give up the chief minister’s chair. This is the reason that due to the arithmetic of political profit and loss, the Congress is also avoiding expressing sympathy towards the family of Lakhbir Singh.