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Congress to make announcement soon in primary teachers’ interest in UP: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met a delegation of primary teachers here on Thursday and assured them that her party will soon make an announcement in their interest. During the meeting with the members of the Primary Teachers’ Association, the Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, who arrived in Lucknow on Thursday, said the party will stand with them to get their issues redressed and make an announcement soon on their demands, according to a statement.

She said the Congress is committed to the primary teachers’ cause in Uttar Pradesh. “We are seeing the injustice being done to you and we are with you in the fight for justice,” she added.

According to the statement issued by the Congress, the members of the Uttar Pradesh Primary Teachers’ Association called on Gandhi and expressed their gratitude for raising her voice for the teachers who died while performing panchayat election duty during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Congress general secretary is expected to visit Lalitpur on Friday to meet the families of farmers, a party leader said here.

“There is an acute shortage of fertilisers in the Bundelkhand region, due to which many farmers have died and one has committed suicide,” he said, adding that Gandhi will be meeting the families of the farmers in the region.

Congress finalises some candidates for Uttar Pradesh polls, names yet to be announced

The Central Election Committee of the Congress chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday discussed and finalised a few candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, sources said, but their names were not announced.

They said top party leaders including AICC general secretary and in-charge for Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and state party chief Ajay Kumar Lallu took part in the discussions.

The meeting which was held virtually is learnt to have to finalised around 50 candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

The party will announce its candidates soon, taking a head start, much ahead of even the declaration of the schedule of the polls.

The UP assembly polls are likely to be held early next year.

The Congress has already announced that it will reserve 40 per cent seats for women candidates in the assembly polls.

Navjot Sidhu warns of march to Lakhimpur Kheri if Priyanka not released

Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu has warned that party activists from the state would lead a march to Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri if Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is not released and the accused in the violence which killed eight people is not arrested.

“If, by tomorrow, the Union Minister’s son behind the brutal murder of farmers is not arrested, and our leader @PriyankaGandhi being unlawfully arrested, fighting for farmers is not released, the Punjab Congress will march towards Lakhimpur Kheri!” Sidhu tweeted on Tuesday evening.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her party colleagues were detained by the UP police on Monday while they were on their way to violence-hit Lakhimpur . A day later, they registered a case against her and 10 others under sections related to preventive detention due to apprehension of breach of peace.

Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri, with farmer leaders alleging that MoS Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was in the SUV that mowed down some protesters. Both minister Mishra and his son have denied they were at the site.

Ashish Mishra and 15-20 unnamed others haven been mentioned in the FIR on the incident on charges that include murder, but no arrests have been made so far.

An unverified video which went viral on social media showed an SUV ploughing into some of the farmers protesting against the visit of deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Sidhu, who was sulking just a few days ago for not having his way in Punjab government appointments, jumped into the thick of action this week holding a protest outside the Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh.

The Yogi Adityanath government has kept the Lakhimpur area out of bounds for opposition partly leaders. Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi was denied permission to visit the district, while his deputy Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and some Congress MLAs were detained at the Haryana-UP border.