"Wake Up, Home Minister": AAP requests Army deployment in Delhi
AAP leaders are saying, "Wake up Home Minister".
Senior AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Gopal Rai on Wednesday urged the Centre to deploy the Army in the violence-hit northeast Delhi to bring the situation under control and and asked why the borders areas were not sealed despite repeated requests by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Claiming that the AAP government is doing everything it can to bring the situation under control, Singh said Union Home Minister Amit Shah cannot hold meetings just for "formality".
"Wake up Home Minister, you are calling meetings just as a formality and what are your party members doing. They are inciting violence. Just taking meetings as a formality is not going to solve anything," he said.
Singh alleged that on one hand, Shah was holding meetings and on the other hand, BJP leaders were making provocative statements.
He said the situation in the national capital is "terrifying" and all this is happening in Delhi, where the law and order situation is completely under the Centre.
"People instigating violence have no religion. A large number of outsiders are entering Delhi to incite violence. Why were the border areas not sealed despite Arvind Kejriwal's requests?" the AAP leader said.
Earlier, attending an all-party meeting convened by Shah, Kejriwal requested that police force be increased in affected areas and powers be given to it to take necessary action to contain violence.
He also visited the family of Delhi Police Head Constable Ratan Lal who was killed in violence on Monday. The chief minister faced protests as a crowd gathered outside Lal's house in Burari and raised slogans asking him to go back.
"Violence can solve nothing. The people of Delhi should maintain calm and peace," Kejriwal urged on more than one occasion.
"People are being killed, shops and homes are being burnt. The law and order is under the Home Ministry and since Amit Shah became the Home Minister things have deteriorated," Singh told reporters.
Rai said the AAP has asked all party volunteers to talk to the people in violence-affected areas and spread the message of peace.
"The Delhi LG promised that additional force will be deployed and some force was deployed also, but despite that the incidents of firing did not stop," he said.
Both the Aam Aadmi Party leaders said that there was no other alternative except to deploy the Army in parts of the national capital.
At least 20 people have been killed and hundreds injured in communal clashes in northeast Delhi over the last three days.