In a rare press conference conducted by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, she asked Home Minister Amit Shah to resign in the wake Delhi riots that claimed over 20 lives. A press conference was held after an emergency meeting of the Congress Working Committee at the party’s headquarters as violence swept large parts of northeast Delhi since Sunday evening.
Holding the Centre and Home Ministry responsible for the violence, Sonia said that the Delhi Police had remained paralysed in the last three days. “Congress demands that the Home Minister gives his resignation immediately. What was the Home Minister doing since last week? Why were the paramilitary forces not called in earlier when the Home Ministry saw the situation worsening?” the Congress president questioned.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the newly-sworn-in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government was also not spared. Gandhi claimed that the Delhi government was “equally responsible for not activating the administration to reach out to the people to maintain peace and harmony.”
Gandhi demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s next course of action be to call for an all-party meeting and brief everyone about the situation as well as the steps taken by the centre to contain it. “In the past, even during Vajpayee government, whenever there was a crisis of any kind, the first thing he used to do was call for an all-party meeting. Unfortunately, ever since Modi government has come in, as far as I know, no such meeting has been ever called. It’s a sad fact but it’s the truth,” she said.
Gandhi also slammed BJP for allegedly giving free reigns to its leaders for delivering hate speeches and inciting the masses. NCP MP Supriya Sule too demanded Shah’s resignation.