Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday upped the ante against the Yogi Adityanath government over the Unnao accident that left a rape survivor critically injured and two of her relatives dead.
A woman from Unnao, who had accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her in 2017, was severely injured while two of her aunts were killed after their car collided with a truck near Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.
The family of the rape survivor has demanded immediate action against the BJP MLA claiming that the accident was a “conspiracy” to “eliminate the family”.
Attacking the UP government, Priyanka Gandhi questioned why a rape accused has been given political protection when the victims are battling for their lives.
She further targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to divest the MLA and his brother of their political powers.
For God’s sake, Mr. Prime Minister, divest this criminal and his brother of the political power your party is giving them.
Its still not too late.#BJPSackSengar
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 30, 2019
Earlier on Monday, the Congress General Secretary for UP East had questioned why Kuldeep Singh Sengar has not been expelled from the BJP even when he has been named in the latest FIR. She also tweeted a picture of the accused BJP MLA with UP CM Yogi Aditynath.
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 29, 2019
An FIR has been registered against Sengar, his brother Manoj Sengar and eight others in the accident case. The FIR has been registered on basis of the complaint given by the rape survivor’s uncle Mahesh Singh, who is lodged in Rae Bareli jail.
The Congress on Monday lashed out at the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government over the car crash.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP and took a swipe at the Government’s campaign for girls in a tweet.
“Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao. A new special education bulletin for Indian women. Don’t ask questions if a BJP MLA is accused of having raped you,” he tweeted.
Priyanka launched a scathing attack on the state government questioning the “audacity” of the Yogi government to run a “fear-free Uttar Pradesh” campaign even as “rape accused” continue to remain legislators.
She further questioned if the government had any moral duty towards its citizens.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has sent a formal request to the Government of India to transfer the Unnao rape survivor’s road accident case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The government move comes after the kin of the rape survivor wrote to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seeking a CBI probe into the accident.
The Unnao rape case hit the headlines in 2017 after the then 16-year-old girl alleged that she was raped by BJP MLA Sengar.
Sengar has been in jail since the past several months while the case is being probed by the CBI. Sengar’s brother has also been accused of beating up the victim’s father after tying him to a tree. Her father was then arrested and later died in police custody.
Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed uproar over the road accident involving the rape survivor.
When Speaker Om Birla allowed a discussion on The Consumer Protection Bill, 2019 for its passage and did not heed to the demand of the Congress, the entire opposition including TMC, DMK, SP, BSP and NCP members walked out of the House.
Soon after the House met, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue saying the Uttar Pradesh government’s claim to convert the state as “Uttam Pradesh” (best state) was a hollow promise as it was moving in the direction of becoming an “Adham Pradesh” (bad state).
Meanwhile, opposition members, including from the Congress, TMC, DMK and NCP, trooped near the Speaker’s podium shouting “Prime Minister jawab do” and “We want justice” and asked: “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Ka Kya Hua?” (What happened to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme).