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Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Yogi Adityanath Government Fighting Fire In Uttar Pradesh

For the moment, the Lakhimpur Kheri crisis appears to have been defused. However, this may not mean much relief for the Yogi Adityanath government in the state.

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Yogi Adityanath Government Fighting Fire In Uttar Pradesh
Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Yogi Adityanath Government Fighting Fire In Uttar Pradesh
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2021-10-08T15:08:23+05:30

Months before the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Yogi Adityanath government was forced into fire-fighting mode after a vehicle allegedly driven by Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son mowed down four farmers agitating against three farm laws and a retaliation by the protesters left four more people dead in Lakhimpur Kheri in north-central UP. The minister denies involvement of his son Ashish.

The events on October 3 sparked protests by farmers in the country’s most populous state, and Opposition parties were quick to pounce on the issue that could potentially give them a toehold in a state that has been a BJP stronghold. The protesting farmers are accused of torching vehicles and lynching two BJP workers, besides a driver and a scribe.

The UP government’s response was two-fold. One, it immediately sought to defuse the crisis by announcing a compensation of Rs 45 lakh and a government job to the kin of the deceased, and a probe by a retired high court judge. Two, the government allowed Rakesh Tikait to negotiate the deal on behalf of the farmers,...

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