Lucknow। It seems that Sonbhadra Carnage has become Priyanka VS Yogi battle now as no one is leaving any stone unturned to politicize the issue.
Priyanka was one of the first opposition leaders to express her dismay at the killing of 10 persons in Sonebhadra over a land dispute on Wednesday through a tweet.
भाजपा-राज में अपराधियों के हौसले इतने बढ़ गए हैं कि दिन-दहाड़े हत्याओं का दौर जारी है।
सोनभद्र के उम्भा गाँव में भू माफियाओं द्वारा 3 महिलाओं सहित 9 गोंड आदिवासियों की सरेआम हत्या ने दिल दहला दिया।
प्रशासन-प्रदेश मुखिया-मंत्री सब सो रहे हैं। क्या ऐसे बनेगा अपराध मुक्त प्रदेश?
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 17, 2019
Priyanka’s decision to go to Sonebhadra within 48 hours of the incident is a clear indication that she is ready to battle for her party’s revival in the state and will not let the leadership crisis in the Congress make her wait and watch like others.
The Congress is the first party that reached out to Sonebhadra victims while the Samajwadi Party followed a few hours later.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have not gone beyond issuing press statements, condemning the incident.
Yogi Adityanath has sensed trouble and blamed the Congress for the land dispute that led to the carnage. His contention was that since the dispute began way back in 1955 when the Congress was in power, the party was to blame for what happened in Sonbhadra.
Adityanath also ordered the detention of Priyanka even though she had agreed to go to Sonebhadra with only four persons, without violating the prohibitory orders in the affected district.
Priyanka’s detention in the Chunar Guest House instantly mobilised Congress workers across the state as she refused to return without meeting the Sonebhadra victims.
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted against Priyanka Gandhi’s detention
The illegal arrest of Priyanka in Sonbhadra, UP, is disturbing. This arbitrary application of power, to prevent her from meeting families of the 10 Adivasi farmers brutally gunned down for refusing to vacate their own land, reveals the BJP Govt’s increasing insecurity in UP. pic.twitter.com/D1rty8KJVq
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 19, 2019
Protests were reported from Ballia, Varanasi, Mirzapur, Kanpur, Kannauj, Sitapur, Lucknow, Allahabad and several other districts where Congress workers staged demonstrations and burnt effigies of Chief Minister Adityanath. Almost all of these protests were spontaneous and leaderless to an extent.
The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has also given a call for demonstrations and protests across the country.