“Where were the BJP leaders when our farmers were mowed down under the tyres of a car being driven by a Union minister’s son in Lakhimpur Kheri?” Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Chaudhary said a day after Bharatiya Janata Party said its doors were open for the RLD.
Jayant Chaudhary’s party is fighting the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in alliance with the Samajwadi Party. The RLD-SP alliance is the ruling BJP’s main competitor in the upcoming election.
“Hundreds of our agitating farmers sacrificed themselves on the Singhu border in New Delhi during an agitation for repeal of the three farm laws, but no BJP leader could find time to meet them,” Chaudhary said, addressing a group of people while on his way to Muzaffarnagar, Indian Express reported.
“I am not a 25 paise coin that I will flip,” the Jat politician said.
On Wednesday, after a meeting with Jat leaders attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah Wednesday, Parvesh Verma, a BJP MP from West Delhi, had said: “Jayant Chaudhary has chosen a wrong path… Possibilities are open even after the elections… We wanted him to come to us but he chose another house.”
Soon after, Jayant Choudhary tweeted a rebuff. “The invitation is not for me, give it to those 700 farmer families whose houses you have destroyed!!,” Chaudhary said in a Hindi tweet, citing the farmers’ deaths during the long protest against farm laws.