PM Modi must sack Ajay Kumar Mishra from Cabinet for a free and fair probe into Lakhimpur Kheri mayhem

If anybody can summarily tamper with evidence and influence witnesses, it’s the Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra, who, however, has the Prime Minister’s back as of now

Visuals from Lakhimpur Kheri
Visuals from Lakhimpur Kheri
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Sushil Kutty

The ‘Yogi Police’ stopped Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from going to Lakhimpur Kheri and then allowed him to exit the Lucknow airport to go to Lakhimpur Kheri. Priyanka Vadra Gandhi was also ‘released’ after being illegally detained. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was also told he was free to go. Seemed like the Yogi Administration was waiting. But waiting for what, it’s not clear.

Maybe for directions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Isn’t Ajay Kumar Mishra, MoS (Home), directly or indirectly involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident? Isn’t it right, if anybody can book him, it’s only the Prime Minister, only he who can take action against a minister in his council?

The simple fact is, Ajay Kumar Mishra has outlived his existence in government. He should be sacked forthwith or told to voluntarily step down. Mishra was given a BJP ticket despite a “dubious record”. He won both in the 2014 and the 2019 general elections.

But, after that, to make him a minister compounded the ‘crime’. Now, after the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, in which Mishra’s son is prime accused, if anybody is in advantage, it’s Ajay Kumar Mishra. He can tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.

So, to conclude that if anybody is standing in the way of a free and fair investigation, it’s the Prime Minister of the land, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, is not farfetched. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is the man on the spot and he should post-haste arrest Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son, against whom the charge is murder under Section 302 of the IPC.

Again, if anybody can summarily tamper with evidence and influence witnesses, it’s the Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra, who, however, has the Prime Minister’s back. The police is in his grips. It’s ludicrous and intriguing to see how the Prime Minister doesn’t see the connection.

Maybe Modi is afflicted with the ‘How Can I Do Anything Wrong?’ syndrome. Also, perhaps, Modi does not want to lose face. If Modi shunts Ajay Kumar Mishra out, he’ll be admitting he’s a poor judge of men.


If he agrees he committed a mistake, his ego will deflate. Ajay Kumar Mishra is Lakhimpur Kheri’s MP and he “rules” it with an iron fist. In fact, there are more Mishras in Lakhimpur Kheri than anywhere in Uttar Pradesh. Ajay Kumar Mishra was ready to launch Ashish Kumar Mishra into politics when the chain of events unfolded in Lakhimpur Kheri.

So, that mission stands curtailed. Ashish Kumar Mishra is a murder accused and it’ll be a long and tortuous trial. Ajay Kumar Mishra says his son is “innocent” and will not be going to jail.

But the farmers and the opposition parties are in no mood to relent. The Lakhimpur Kheri incident, with its mayhem – blood and gore – has hardened their stance.

The BJP and the Yogi and Modi governments have understood this turn of events. How things unfold from now on will be the response. But Mishra will have to go. That’s for certain.

(IPA Service)

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