Oppn urges President to remove Amit Shah

Oppn urges President to remove Amit Shah
A delegation led by Sonia Gandhi meets President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Thursday.
NEW DELHI, FEB 27 | Publish Date: 2/27/2020 11:46:11 AM IST

Accusing Home Minister Amit Shah of “abdication of duty” during the communal violence in Delhi, a Congress delegation led by party chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday urged President Ram Nath Kovind to call for his resignation and remind the Centre of its “raj dharma”.

Reading out parts of the memorandum that the party submitted to the president, Gandhi said both the Delhi government and the Centre remained “mute spectators” instead of trying to take remedial measures to control the situation. 

“We owe this to the citizens who have lost their loved ones, their homes and their livelihood and most of all their long cherished amity and brotherhood. We hope you will take decisive action on this matter,” she told the media outside Rashtrapati Bhavan after meeting the president. 

“Rashtrapatiji, you are given the highest possible responsibility under the Constitution of India: to act as the conscience keeper of this government and to remind it of its constitutional duty and the pillars of raj dharma by which any just government must abide,” she said, flanked by senior leaders of her party.

Questioning Shah’s role, Gandhi asked where he was as the violence spread across northeast Delhi.

Gandhi said both the Centre and Delhi government had failed in carrying out their responsibilities. 

Hitting out at Delhi Police, Gandhi said the forces on the ground were clearly inadequate to quell the situation in northeast Delhi and asked why additional security forces were not deployed immediately by Shah.

Violence outcome of ‘instigation’ by oppn leaders: BJP

BJP on Thursday said the violence in the city is an outcome of “instigation” by opposition leaders and sought to link Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s call for “aar par ki ladai” (fight to the finish) during a rally last year against the CAA to the outbreak of communal clashes in northeast Delhi. 

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also referred to some comments of Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and highlighted the presence of a large amount of stones and alleged petrol bombs at an AAP leader’s residence to target opposition parties.

Addressing a press conference, he accused the Congress and AAP of “politicising” the riots.

AAP suspends its councillor: AAP has suspended its councillor Tahir Hussain, who is accused of being involved in the death of an IB staffer Ankit Sharma, from the primary membership of the party till police probe is completed, AAP sources said on Thursday.

Hussain has denied any involvement in riots or killing of Sharma, who was found dead Wednesday in a drain in Chand Bagh area.  

Delhi riots death toll rises to 38
The death toll in Delhi’s worst riots in more than three decades climbed to 38 on Thursday as the violence ebbed but did not subside completely and thousands of people began picking up the pieces of their shattered lives and livelihoods.
Four days after communal clashes that began in northeast Delhi over the amended citizenship law and spiralled into bloodshed, arson and looting, the body of a man was found in a drain in Johri Enclave and there were scattered incidents of vehicles and shops being set on fire in Maujpur, Bhajanpura and other areas. 
GTB Hospital in Dilshad Garden, where many of the 200 injured in the riots that broke out on Monday are being treated and where scores of people lined up outside the mortuary to claim the bodies of their loved ones, recorded five more deaths. Eleven more deaths were reported on Thursday, taking the total death toll to 38, a senior Delhi Health Department official told PTI.
Delhi Police transferred the riots probe to the Crime Branch and formed two Special Investigation Teams. Battle scarred and desolate with scorched, blackened walls, the ashen remains of vehicles, glass shards and bricks, several fires still burnt in the mostly mixed neighbourhoods of the national capital’s northeastern edge. Shops, pharmacies and other establishments were closed and people stayed indoors unless it was imperative to step out. Several families were seen leaving with whatever they could salvage from their vandalised homes.
Rs 10 lakh for deceased families
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the families of those killed in the communal riots in Delhi, as he listed out several peace and rehabilitation measures. 
Kejriwal also said an immediate relief of Rs 25,000 would be given to those whose houses have been burnt, while the government would also provide free books and uniforms to students who have lost them to the riot.

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