Categorically blaming the Union and Delhi government’s inaction over the incessant violence in North East Delhi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi Wednesday demanded that Amit Shah take responsibility for the same and resign, in a press conference held by the Congress.
“There is a conspiracy behind the dreadful casualties that have continued since the last Sunday,” she claimed. The interim president of the left-of-centre party went on to say, “The country also witnessed this during the Delhi elections. Many leaders from the BJP delivered provocative speeches, creating an atmosphere of fear and hate.”
Curfew had been imposed in four violence-hit areas – Maujpur, Chand Bagh, Karawal Nagar and the epicenter Jaffrabad, and shoot-on-sight order issued in parts of northeast Delhi on Tuesday, according to media reports.
In the wake of belligerent clashes between anti and pro – CAA protestors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for ‘peace and brotherhood’ in a tweet on Wednesday. “Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest,” he tweeted with his personal Twitter account.
The Congress had passed a resolution at CWC ‘emergency’ meeting, where they demanded answers to the following questions:-
- Where had the Union Home Minister been since last Sunday and what was he doing?
- Where had the Delhi Chief Minister been since last Sunday and what was doing?
- What were the reports provided by the intelligence agencies in the days immediately after the elections and leading up to today?
- How much of the police force was deployed since Sunday, when there was a clear possibility the riots would break out?
- Why were the central paramilitary forces not called when the situation was beyond Delhi police’s control?
23 people have been reported dead and at least 200 injured in Delhi since riots erupted in northeast Delhi on Sunday.