BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: After Congress president Sonia Gandhi lashed out at BJP and Amit Shah over the Centre’s failure to control the lawlessness in the ongoing clashes in Delhi, senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday took a dig at Sonia.
On Wednesday, the Congress chief held a meeting at the party headquarters in Delhi where she slammed the Union Home Minister and BJP government for their failure to curb the violence in Northeast Delhi. She also said Shah should take responsibility of the lawlessness and should resign. The Congress leaders and workers also took out a peace march in Delhi on Wednesday.
Javadekar called the demand for Shah’s resignation “farcical” since he had been trying to control the situation from day one. “In 1984, Sikhs were killed across the city, here the violence has been contained to an area. But a probe will tell who initiated the violence,” he said.
According to the police and hospital authorities, 21 people have died and 150 injured in the Northeast Delhi violence that started with isolated instances of stone throwing on Sunday and rapidly escalated into a full-scale clashes over the next two days. Javadekar said the incident was “unfortunate and condemnable”.
“At a time like this, instead of helping to calm the situation down, they are pinning the blame on the government,” Javadekar said, pointing that this wasn’t the first time that Congress had opted to criticise the government.
“Last year too, the Congress raised questions on the Balakot air strikes, and before that on the surgical strikes,” he added.
“The irony is that the party that has the blood of the Sikh massacre on its hands is talking of this violence,” said Javadekar, alleging that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had supported the violence that had broken out after Indira Gandhi assassination in 1984.
On the other hand, BJP’s former ally Shiv Sena compared the Delhi violence with 1984 riots on Wednesday.
“Violence has erupted in Delhi. People are on the streets equipped with canes, swords, revolvers, blood is being spilled on the roads. Some horror film-like situation is being witnessed in Delhi, which depicts the grim reality of 1984 riots,” the Sena said.
The Sena also took a dig at BJP leaders for their provocative speech, which might be the one the reasons of the clashes. It needs to be unravelled who is responsible for the current riots in Delhi, the Sena said while referring to the “language of threats and warning used by some BJP leaders”.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi has lashed out against the BJP-led government for its failure to control the situation in Delhi. He also raised questions on the role of the Delhi Police. “How can the cops be demoralised when they aren’t doing anything but collude with, & permit rioters to run amok? Why do citizens have to go to Court just to get cops to behave like cops?,” he tweeted.