Delhi violence: Sonia Gandhi meets President, reiterates demand of Home Minister’s dismissal

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday reiterated her demand of dismissal of Home Minister Amit Shah.

Gandhi also lashed out at Delhi government and Centre, accusing them of being “mute spectators” as violence continued unabated in Northeast Delhi.

Gandhi led a delegation of senior Congress leaders, and met President Ram Nath Kovind to seek normalcy and peace in violence-hit Delhi.

“Instead of taking active steps to remedy or diffuse the situation, the central government as also the newly-elected Delhi government, have remained mute spectators as completely mindless rage, designed violence and organised looting of property has continued unabated,” Gandhi was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

The delegation consisted of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, party leaders Ahmed Patel and Randeep Surjewala.

“We called upon President to suggest to him that what has happened in last four days in Delhi is a matter of great concern and a matter of national shame in which at least 34 people have died and 200 people are injured. It is a reflection on total failure of Central government,” said Dr Singh.

Sonia Gandhi said that the President assured the delegation of looking into their concerns.

The number of deaths in the northeast Delhi communal violence over the amended citizenship law is now 34, according to senior officials.

The party’s highest decision-making body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), met on Wednesday and adopted a resolution condemning the violence in Delhi. Addressing a press conference after the CWC meeting, Sonia Gandhi had demanded resignation of Amit Shah.

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