Navjot Singh Sidhu Ends Hunger Strike in Lakhimpur Kheri; Sukhbir takes a jibe

ONE DAY after going on a hunger strike and taking a vow of silence, PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu ended his fast on Saturday after the accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, Ashish Mishra, showed up for police questioning.

Sidhu, who began his fast with murdered journalist Raman Kashyap in Lakhimpur Kheri on Friday evening, had spent the night at his home.

He ended his fast after accepting a glass of milk from a girl. After breaking his vow of silence, he told the media that “the truth has triumphed”. Sidhu tweeted: “I broke my fast with Raman Kashyap’s family. After Ashish Mishra surrenders to participate in the surveys. The Almighty gave me the strength to fight for a just cause. Path of Truth will always triumph !! #SatyamevJayate ”

Ashish Mishra was appointed to an FIR following allegations he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers protesting the visit of UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, last Sunday.

Along with Cabinet Minister Sidhu Vijay Inder Singla and MP Raj Kumar Chabbewal, who were also on hunger strike, also ended their fast.

Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal called Sidhu’s fast a tragedy and added that he wanted to ask the PPCc president to stop doing such things.

“@Sherryontopp is just an attention seeker. His hunger strike to arrest Ashish Mishra was a comedy that began after dinner and ended before breakfast. He does not know the difference between appearing in front of the police and being arrested: the head of SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal ”, according to a tweet from SAD.

Sidhu had announced on Thursday that he would fast to death if Ashish Mishra was not arrested or forced to join the investigation. Previously, he had announced that he would lead a march towards Lakhimpur Kheri if AICC leader Priyanka Gandhi was not released.

He later organized a march even after Priyanka was released on the grounds that action against Mishra had not yet been initiated.

We learn that the top leadership in Congress was reluctant to send the wrong message to the UP that could lead to polarization. Thus, it was decided that the delegation of five people, including Sidhu, would have three Hindu leaders.

The hunger strike also began at the home of the journalist, who was Hindu. By accepting milk from a girl for breaking her fast, Sidhu also attempted to convey a message during the Navratras, party sources said.