Rahul Gandhi, 4 Congress Leaders Leave For UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri From Lucknow Airport

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A five-member Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday left for violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri from Lucknow airport.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who reached Lucknow Airport to visit Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday had earlier today alleged that the UP police were not letting him exit the airport. Gandhi was accompanied by senior party leaders including Bhupesh Baghel, Charanjit Channi, KC Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala.

“The state government has given permission to Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and three other people to visit Lakhimpur Kheri,” informed the Home Department of the Uttar Pradesh government.

Earlier the Uttar Pradesh government had denied permission to Rahul Gandhi to visit the Lakhimpur Kheri district in wake of a law and order situation.

Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal had sought permission for Rahul Gandhi-led delegation to visit the area as the leaders from Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) was allowed to visit the district on Tuesday.

Soon after the violent incident at Lakhimpur Kheri, political leaders made a beeline to visit the site and expressed their desire to meet the families of the victims.

Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Varda and 11 others for “disturbing the peace” in the state. Earlier in the day, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had claimed that she has been detained for the last 40 hours without any order or FIR.

Eight people including four farmers had died in the violence in the Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

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