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Lakhimpur incident: Evidence found, will Ajay Mishra resign now?

 
Bikramjit Singh Gill New Delhi, January 3

During the farmers’ agitation at Lakhimpur Kheri, several farmers were killed by the son of a local minister by cracking under his vehicle. Farmer leaders said that the vehicle was being driven by Ashish Mishra, son of Minister Ajay Mishra.

After all this, the accused were arrested and there was talk of the resignation of Minister Ajay Mishra. The Minister had said that if any evidence was found against my son, I would resign from my post.

To date, the situation is clear as Special Team SIT has filed chargesheets, mainly involving Minister Ajay Mishra’s Mudda Ashish Mishra. Will the minister now resign as promised?

In fact, the probe team has convicted 14 people in the Lakhimpur case. The accused include a relative of Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra. The main accused in the case is Union Minister’s son Ashish Mishra. Eight people, including four farmers and a journalist, were killed in violence in the town of Tikuniya on October 3. The FIR was registered on the same night. Fourteen people were named as accused. On the other hand, seven accused have so far been arrested in the FIR registered by the BJP leader.

The question now is whether Ajay Mishra will resign as Minister of State for Home Affairs after the chargesheet is filed. The Opposition is constantly making it an issue. Ajay Mishra Tanny himself has said that if there is a single piece of evidence against his son, he will resign.

What did Tanny say?

On October 5, Ajay Mishra Tanny had said, “I am constantly keeping my word. We have evidence to prove that neither I nor my son was present at the scene. If evidence of my son’s presence is found, I will now resign from the ministry.

Speaking to a news channel on October 8, Tanny said, “The whole matter is being investigated impartially. My son and I are being trapped by political hatred. We have a lot of evidence to prove that my son and I were not present at the scene, we were about 4 kilometers from the scene.

The SIT has named Ajay Mishra Tanny’s son as the main accused in its chargesheet. The Opposition made a fuss from the streets to Parliament over the issue. Rahul Gandhi had said that Ajay Mishra Tanny would have to resign. This caused a commotion in the winter session of Parliament.