A day after Rahul Gandhi accused the Uttar Pradesh government and its police of raping women and killing protesters in Greater Noida's Bhatta Parsaul villages, the Congress on Monday dared the state administration to order a CBI inquiry into the incident.
The UP government has already rejected the Congress party's demand for a judicial inquiry into the incident.
“If the BSP government feels that everything is hunky dory then why don't they agree to a CBI investigation? Why don't they agree to a judicial enquiry? Why does Bhatta Parsaul still resemble a cantonment?” asked Congress spokesman Manish Tewari. “Why aren't journalists being given access to that place? Why is the NHRC team not being allowed to visit that place?” he went on to attack the UP government.
On its part, the Congress would keep up the heat on the Mayawati government over the farmers' issue given that the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are scheduled to be held next year. Tewari's statement gave a clear indication of the Congress strategy.
“Today, Bhatta Parsaul's soul cries out for justice and till that justice is not delivered, the crusade of the Congress party will continue. Men are missing, women have been molested and even children have not been spared. BSP is responsible for such atrocities and it is the mission of the Congress to provide justice to the people,” Tewari said.
It was on Monday that Gandhi took an eight-member delegation of farmers from the violence-hit villages to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and complained him about the alleged "repression" on the farmers by the UP government and its police.
The BSP on its part was quick to dismiss the charges as “bundle of lies”.