“What does ‘governance’ mean?”: Varun Gandhi slams Adityanath government after flood-affected residents forced to ‘fend’ for themselves


BJP MP Varun Gandhi has lashed out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for lack of governance as flood-affected residents of Pilibhit are forced to fend for themselves.

Without naming Adityanath, the young MP from Pilibhit said that it was ‘painful’ to see ordinary citizens being forced to ‘fend’ for themselves after being let down by the ‘system.’

“Much of the Terai is badly flooded. Donating dry rations by hand so that no family is hungry till this calamity ends. It’s painful that when the common man needs the system the most, he’s left to fend for himself.If every response is individual-led then what does ‘governance’ mean?”

Varun’s scathing attack has come a day after he wrote to Adityanath asking him to take stock of the damage caused by the recent floods to crops in Pilibhit and announce adequate compensation for affected farmers.

Varun has been vocal in support of protesting farmers in recent days. He had taken to Twitter to voice his anger over the killings of four farmers by the speeding SUV owned by Union Minister Ajay Mishra.

Sharing the video of the farmers’ massacre, the young parliamentarian had tweeted, “The video is crystal clear. Protestors cannot be silenced through murder. There has to be accountability for the innocent blood of farmers that has been spilled and justice must be delivered before a message of arrogance and cruelty enters the minds of every farmer.”

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Days later, Varun had also shared an old video of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was seen warning the then Congress government for the crackdown against protesting farmers.

Sharing Vajpayee’s video from 1980, Varun had written, “Wise words from a big-hearted leader…”

The BJP has been facing widespread condemnation after many farmers were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri recently. The violence started when a group of farmers in Tikonia area of Lakhimpur Kheri tried to stop Union Minister Mishra and UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya from visiting the region.

Also crushed under the car was 35-year-old journalist Raman Kashyap. His body was discovered many hours after the carnage. Mishra’s son, Ashish Mishra, was believed to be in the SUV that killed many farmers.

After facing considerable criticism for inaction, the Uttar Pradesh Police finally arrested the minister’s son, Ashish Mishra.