Sonia Gandhi demands Amit Shah's resignation over North East Delhi violence
Congress president Sonia Gandhi called on Home Minister Amit Shah to step down in the wake of the spiraling violence that has rocked North East Delhi since Sunday.
Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi came down heavily on both the central and the Delhi governments for failing to control the violence that has been raging on the streets of North East Delhi for the last two days. Demanding Home Minister Amit Shah's resignation, the interim Congress president questioned the actions taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs, or the lack of them.
Flanked by senior Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Gandhi called the violence a "well-planned conspiracy". Gandhi even said the Delhi Police had remained "paralysed" over the past 72 hours.
Without naming Amit Shah, Gandhi asserted that "the Union home minister must take responsibility for violence in Delhi and should resign". She also blamed the BJP for creating an atmosphere of fear and hatred with its leaders making inciting statements.
Reading out the Congress Working Committee (CWC) resolution on the matter, Gandhi even questioned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's role in the violence which has taken 18 lives so far. She asked, "Where was the Chief Minister of Delhi and what was he doing since last Sunday?"
Congress' key questions
Following a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting attended by top Congress leaders like Manmohan Singh, AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress chief put out six key questions for the government to answer.
Questioning the efforts of the MHA and Amit Shah, she asked: "Where was the Home Minister and what was he doing since last Sunday?"
Then, asking about what the intelligence reports contained, the Congress chief asked: "What did the reports given by the intelligence agencies say after the conclusion of the Delhi elections and leading up to today?"
Then the Congress slammed the alleged inconsistencies in the statements of the MHA and the Minister Of State (Home) G Kishen Reddy. They asked: "Was the violence spontaneous as claimed by the MHA or instigated as claimed by MoS Home?"
Also questioning the lack of forces on the ground, the Congress demanded the immediate deployment of paramilitary forces in the affected areas of North East Delhi. They asked, "Why were additional security forces not called immediately when it was clear that the situation was beyond the control of the Delhi police?"
Is a press conference enough?
Along with the Home Minister and the Delhi Chief Minister, the Congress leaders have also been criticised for not being proactive enough in calling for peace in the areas which have seen violent riots in the last two days. Several have criticised top Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi for limiting his presence only to Twitter when it came to appealing for peace. Though the Congress has made several appeals for peace through the media and Twitter, no prominent leader was seen visiting the affected areas and trying to reason with the crowds.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress: I appeal to the people of Delhi to not indulge in violence, exercise caution & maintain peace. We have told our workers in Uttar Pradesh to do all they can to maintain peace if violence spreads there. #DelhiViolence pic.twitter.com/BVHBmEhmPi— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2020