Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) (File Photo)
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) (File Photo)

Sonbhadra firing case: Bhupesh Baghel heads for UP; key Cong leaders detained at Varanasi airport

ANI | Updated: Jul 20, 2019 13:09 IST

New Delhi [India], July 20 (ANI): Congress party leaders are set to join Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Sonbhadra to support her ongoing protest against the Uttar Pradesh administration which has prevented her from visiting the area and meeting families of those affected in the firing incident earlier this week.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is scheduled to reach Sonbhadra and Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot issued a call for protest in Jaipur.
"Against the detention of General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, state Congress committee will be organising a protest at Gandhi Circle Jaipur today", Pilot tweeted.
Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh also issued an appeal to all party workers from Uttar Pradesh to reach the Chunar guest house in Mirzapur where Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is housed since after her detention.
Singh took to Twitter and wrote, "I appeal to all Congress people to reach Chunar immediately for supporting Priyanka ji. Long live Priyanka".
Meanwhile, in Lucknow, a Congress delegation led by senior party Pramod Tiwari met with Governor Ram Naik today over Sonbhadra firing incident and gave him a memorandum.
Speaking to media after the meeting, Tiwari said, "This government doesn't want that someone should wipe off victims' tears. Whatever has happened is unconstitutional and undemocratic and it seems as if Uttar Pradesh govt has implemented undeclared emergency to hid its sins and shortcomings."
After a late-night meeting of Congress leaders, a battery of young party leaders are also set to reach to lend their support to Priyanka. However, Deepender Hooda, Mukul Wasnik, Raj Babbar, RPN Singh and Jitin Prasad along with Rajeev Shukla were stopped at the airport in Varanasi.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained by police and prevented from visiting the kin of Sonbhadra firing incident. She has been staying at Chunar guest house in Mirzapur since yesterday.
The firing incident took place in Ubbha village of Ghorawal where the village head went to take possession of his land purchased two years ago. However, he met with opposition from the villagers which triggered the firing allegedly by his aides leading to the deaths of around nine persons. (ANI)