'Not for justice but politics': Smriti Irani's sharp attack ahead of Rahul Gandhi's Hathras visit

‘Not for justice but politics’: Smriti Irani’s sharp attack ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s Hathras visit

New Delhi: Ahead of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s scheduled visit to Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras amid outrage over gang-rape case, Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday hit out at him saying his visit is for “politics and not for justice to the victim”. Rahul will make his second attempt in three days to visit Hathras to meet the family of the 19-year-old woman who was gang-raped earlier this month. “People are aware of Congress’ tactics… That’s why they ensured a historic win for the BJP in the 2019 elections. People understand that their visit to Hathras is for their politics and not for justice to the victim,” the BJP leader said while addressing a press conference in Varanasi, news agency ANI reported. Meanwhile, a group of Congress workers blocked Irani’s convoy and raised anti-government slogans, demanding justice for the family of the victim. Earlier on Thursday, Rahul and his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi were stopped and briefly taken into custody by UP police in Greater Noida while they were traveling to Hathras to meet the family of the victim. A Congress delegation led by the former party president will again try to visit Hathras this afternoon. “INC India delegation led by Rahul Gandhi will meet the family members to hear their grievances and demand justice for the victim and her family who have been denied justice and severely traumatised by the BJP Government in UP,” tweeted Congress’ general secretary KC Venugopal. “Nothing in the world can stop me from going to Hathras to meet this unhappy family to share their pain,” Rahul said in a tweet this morning. Meanwhile, security has been heightened and barricades have been put up at the toll plaza on Delhi Noida Direct Flyway in view of Rahul’s visit. Earlier today, Additional chief secretary (home) Awanish Awasthi and Director General of Police HC Awasthi were rushed to Hathras to meet the family of the victim. The senior officials would be submitting their report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath upon returning.
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