Nirmala Sitharaman condemns farmers’ killing in Lakhimpur

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which four farmers were killed, is absolutely condemnable.

She said there are issues of such nature happening in other parts of India equally which should be raised ‘when they happen and not when it suits others’ because there is a BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.

Nirmala Sitharaman, who is on an official visit to the US, was responding to a question during a conversation at Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday about the killing of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri and the arrest of Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra.

When she was asked why there is no word on this from the Prime Minister, senior ministers and why there is a ‘defensive reaction’ when somebody asks questions about such things, she said, ‘No, absolutely not… It’s nice of you to have picked up that one incident which is absolutely condemnable, every one of us say that. Equally there are instances happening elsewhere, is my concern.’

She added: ‘India has issues of such nature happening in very many different parts of the country equally. I would like you, and many others, including Dr Amartya Sen, who all know India, to raise it at every time when it happens, not just raise it when it suits us because it’s a state where BJP is in power, one of my cabinet colleague’s son is in probably trouble, and also assume that it’s actually them who did it and not anybody else. Due course of justice will also have a complete inquiry process to establish it.’