NEW DELHI: Several leaders, including NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, on Thursday slammed the Uttar Pradesh police for the way they handled former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, while he was on his way to Hathras.
The convoy of Rahul and Priyanka was stopped on Yamuna Expressway, following which the two leaders started marching towards Hathras. The UP police stopped their march and briefly detained the two Congress leaders. In the scuffle with the cops, Rahul Gandhi was pushed and fell on the ground.
Taking to Twitter, Sharad Pawar said the "reckless behaviour" of Uttar Pradesh Police towards Rahul Gandhi is "extremely condemnable".
"It is reprehensible for those who are supposed to uphold the law to trample upon the democratic values in such a manner," Pawar tweeted.
Seconding Pawar, Maharashtra minister and state NCP chief Jayant Patil alleged that the incident highlighted the BJP's practice of "taking name of Lord Ram, but acting like Nathuram", an apparent reference to Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse.
DMK president M K Stalin demanded that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath apologise for the "inhumane treatment" meted out to the Congress leader by police.
Rahul was shoved by policemen which was inhumane, disrespectful, and went against human rights and democratic ethos and highly condemnable, he said.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan also condemned the action of the police and the BJP government in UP for allegedly manhandling, detaining and preventing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
"Rahul Gandhi has all the democratic right and constitutional freedom to go to Hathras. Preventing him from going to meet the victim's family was against all democratic principles. This cannot be allowed by a democratic community and was highly condemnable," Vijayan saRead More – Source