Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Rahul Gandhi Briefly Stopped From Boarding Flight To Lucknow: Sources

New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was briefly stopped from boarding a flight to Lucknow - from where he intends to travel to Lakhimpur Kheri to visit the families of farmers who died in Sunday's violence - party sources said Wednesday morning.

The sources said PNRs - a digital ID to identify bookings - for Mr Gandhi and his four colleagues, including the Chief Ministers of two Congress-ruled states were being cancelled and the delegation was briefly stopped at the airport before the airline reversed tack and permitted all five to board.

Other members of the delegation are Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel (stopped from leaving Lucknow airport), his Punjab counterpart Charanjit Channi, KC Venugopal and Sachin Pilot.

Hours earlier Mr Gandhi had addressed a press conference in Delhi, condemning what he called "a systematic attack on farmers" and pointing out "there used to be democracy in India..."

"There used to be democracy (now) there is dictatorship in India. Politicians cannot go to Uttar Pradesh. We are being told since yesterday that we cannot go to Uttar Pradesh," he had said.

06/10/21 Arvind Gunasekar/NDTV

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