New Delhi: Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani on Saturday hit out at former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and accused him of playing politics over the Hathras incident. Notably, her statement comes ahead of Gandhi’s visit to the Uttar Pradesh district amid outrage over the alleged gangrape 19-year-old Dalit woman, who succumbed to injuries this week. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation
“People are aware Congress’ tactics of that is why they ensured a historic win for BJP in 2019 polls. People understand that their visit to Hathras is for their politics & not for justice to the victim,” said Irani, while addressing a press conference, attacking Gandhi. Also Read - Why Should I Apologise: Kamal Nath Snubs Rahul Gandhi After Criticism on 'Item' Remark
A delegation of Congress MPs led by former party chief Rahul Gandhi will go to Hathras today to meet the family of the gangrape victim. “No power in the world can stop me from meeting this grieving family and sharing their pain”, Rahul wrote in Hindi on the micro-blogging site.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also be part of the delegation that will meet the family to hear their grievances and demand justice for them, sources said.
“Congress MPs under the leadership of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will go to Hathras today afternoon to meet the grieving family of the 19-year old-daughter of Uttar Pradesh, who was brutally assaulted & murdered,” Congress general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal tweeted.
Meanwhile, UPCC president Ajay Kumar Lallu has been put under house arrest ahead of the scheduled visit of Rahul Gandhi to Hathras.
According to a party spokesperson, Anshu Awasthi, police personnel have been stationed outside Lallu’s house and he is not being allowed to venture outside.
“Our state president Shri Ajay Kumar Lalluji, our district heads and more than 500 workers have been placed under house arrest. Yogiji don’t stop those who fight for justice”, said a tweet by Uttar Pradesh Congress.