While Priyanka Gandhi continuing her dharna demanding the permission to visit massacre site Sonbhadra and meet families of victims, Uttar Padesh Government officials has allowed three relatives of Sonbhadra firing victims to meet Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday.
The relatives managed to enter Chunar guesthouse where Priyanaka Gandhi continuing her dharna against Yogi Adityanath government’s move to stop her from entering Sonbhadra. Priyanka met families of Sonbhadra firing victims and exchanged feelings.
Though some family members had arrived in Mirzapur but UP police officials were stopped from meeting her. Reacting on the detention of leaders, Gandhi said, "This is what BJP is; this is what they've always been. I've been saying this even before elections; they're undemocratic." The Congress leader further said that her party, however, stands by the poor.
It is learnt that Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar will join Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Mirzapur soon. All India Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev and Delhi Mahila Congress president Sharmishta Mukherjee are on their way to join the leader. Gandhi's detention had triggered a standoff with the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh a day earlier. Refusing to furnish a personal bond, Gandhi stayed put at the guesthouse in Mirzapur district where she was taken after she squatted on the road with her supporters, insisting that she be allowed to proceed and meet the victims' families.
Rahul Gandhi, who has resigned as the Congress president, in a Facebook post called the police action illegal. As Congress leaders came out in Gandhi's support and party workers held protests against the UP government, Trinamool Congress announced in New Delhi that it too planned to send a delegation to Sonbhadra on Saturday.