Nirmala Sitharaman calls Lakhimpur Kheri violence ‘condemnable’, explains ‘defensive’ reaction

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri and death of four protesting farmers is “absolutely condemnable”. Sitharaman, who is on an official US visit, was speaking during a conversation at Harvard Kennedy School. Sitharaman said issues like these should be raised when they happen and not when it suits others. "India has issues of such nature happening in very many different parts of the country equally. I would like you, and many others, including Dr Amartya Sen, who all know India, to raise it at every time when it happens, not just raise it when it suits us because it's a state where BJP is in power, one of my cabinet colleague's son is probably in trouble, and also assume that it's actually them who did it and not anybody else. Due course of justice will also have a complete inquiry process to establish it," she said. Watch the full video for more details.