NEW DELHI: BJP MP Varun Gandhi took on his own party’s government in Uttar Pradesh yet again on Thursday, after coming out in support of the protesting farmers who are campaigning against BJP in the state including when the Lakhimpur Kheri killings took place, recently. With assembly elections coming up in UP early next year, the party MP’s public views could hurt his party’s interest. The Pilibhit MP was in his constituency on Thursday distributing ration to people in the flood-hit areas. After his rounds in the area, Gandhi tweeted saying, “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,” along with pictures of the devastation caused due to the Uttarakhand floods in the adjoining Terai region in UP. Much of the Terai is badly flooded. Donating dry rations by hand so that no family is hungry till this calamity end… https://t.co/ZPFGgvOZLH— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) 1634812027000Questioning the “system”, Gandhi accused the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government of being absent while the administration is expected to provide relief to people hit by the floods. The BJP leader has been publicly criticising his party’s moves, on the social media, for some time now. While he was vocal on the farmers’ movement and asked the government to talk to the farmers and resolve issues with the farming community, he went a step ahead in slamming leaders, in the aftermath of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, for trying to make the issue into a “Hindu versus Sikh flare up”. The Pilibhit MP had even posted an old video clip of former Prime Minister Atal Bihai Vajpayee from his early days in the opposition, where the BJP stalwart is seen hitting out at the then Congress government for going against the interest of farmers. Wise words from a big-hearted leader… https://t.co/xlRtznjFAx— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) 1634192165000This was seen as an obvious provocation to the government of the day at the Centre, in the context of the confrontation that it has got into with the protesting farmers over three contentious farm laws passed last year. The farmers are demanding repeal of these laws and have been sitting on a protest dharna for almost a year on the outskirts of Delhi.

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