Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra spent the night at the Chunar guesthouse in Mirzapur district, turning down all requests of the local administration to return without meeting the Sonbhadra clash victims. In a late-night tweet, she said she is ready to go to jail if she is not allowed to go ahead.
The second round of talks held between the Congress leaders and local administration late in the night proved futile and Priyanka preferred staying back in the guesthouse along with her supporters, the party sources said.
In a series of tweets, Priyanka said Uttar Pradesh government sent ADG Varanasi Brij Bhushan, Commissioner Varanasi Deepak Agarwal and DIG to tell her to return without meeting the victims.
"I have clearly stated that I have come here not to violate any law but to meet the victims," she said and also posted a video showing the officials leaving Chunar Fort in Mirzapur at 1.15 AM.
मैंने यह स्पष्ट करते हुए कि मैं किसी धारा का उल्लंघन करने नहीं बल्कि पीड़ितों से मिलने आयी थी सरकार के दूतों से कहा है कि बग़ैर मिले मैं यहाँ से वापस नहीं जाऊँगी।- Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 19, 2019
In another tweet, she said that her advocates have told her that her detention is totally illegal. "They (officials) are sitting with me for around one hour. They did not tell me the ground of detention nor showed any papers," she said.
The Congress general secretary also shared a video of aggrieved Sonbhadra families who were seen mourning the death of their near ones. "Is it a crime to wipe these tears?" she asked in a tweet.
क्या इन आँसुओं को पोंछना अपराध है? pic.twitter.com/HdPAEkGJGj- Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 20, 2019
Meanwhile, Congress legislature party leader, Ajay Kumar Lallu who was with Priyanka told PTI that water and power connections were cut in the night to force the Congressmen to return but they remained at the guest house insisting on permission to meet the victims.
"At around 4.30 AM, Priyanka Gandhi sat with the party workers. The government had made no arrangements for breakfast at the guest house. Local residents and party workers are making arrangements," he added.
In Lucknow, Congressmen spent the night at the GPO Park before the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi in solidarity with Priyanka. "We will continue to sit here till Priyankaji is kept in the guesthouse in Mirzapur and not allowed to meet the victims,"party spokesman Anshu Awasthi said.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was Friday detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra where 10 people were gunned down this week, triggering a standoff with the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.
The administration detained her under 151 CrPC citing prohibitory orders and brought her to the guesthouse since she insisted on going to Sonbhadra.