NEW DELHI- Lashing out at the opposition over violent anti- Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the national capital, the Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday said that the time has come to punish the ‘tukde, tukde’ gang.
“The time has come to punish the tukde-tukde gang led by the Congress responsible for the violence.” Shah said while addressing a gathering here after laying the foundation stone of integrated development of East Delhi hub being developed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
Shah also targeted the Congress for orchestrating the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
He said that political parties under the leadership of the Congress fuelled rumours against the amended act, which led to mayhem in the city.
“Recently, opposition politicians under the leadership of the Congress spread rumours about the CAA. After a long time, people came out on the roads and disturbed the peace and calm of Delhi. These politicians disturbed the peace of Delhi,” said Shah.
“Police will do their job. I want to ask you whether we should not elect a government which restores peace in the city. During the debate on CAA in parliament, they (political parties) beat around the bush but outside they created rumours,” he said.
Shah also raked up the anti-Sikh riots which broke out following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The issue still finds resonance in Delhi, particularly amid a large chunk of Sikh voters.
“Congress could never deliver justice to the victims. The moment the Narendra Modi government came to power, an SIT was formed. Today the rioters are in jail,” Shah said.
He also took on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and said he takes the credit for work being done by others.
“Kejriwal doesn’t work but takes credit. I saw an advertisement yesterday, which says the Delhi government will provide potable water to each household. Kejriwal ji you were sitting beside me on August 15 at the Independence Day function when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that pure water would be given to every house by 2024,” he said.
“Has he (Kejriwal) made provisions budgeting for the water supply? Where is the planning? Because PM had said that water would go to each household in the entire country, Kejriwal issued advertisements to take credit,” said Shah.
Praising east Delhi MP and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, Shah appealed to people to vote for ‘equally hard-working’ MLAs as well, when Delhi goes to the polls early next year.
Leading Crowds To Arson, Violence Is Not Leadership: Army Chief
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said that leaders are not those who spearhead people in “inappropriate directions” and stressed that leading masses and crowds to carry out arson and violence in cities and towns is not leadership.
“Leaders are not those who lead people in an inappropriate direction. As we are witnessing in a large number of universities and colleges, students, the way they are leading masses and crowds to carry out arson and violence in cities and towns. This is not leadership,” he said while addressing an event here.
Several parts of the country have witnessed a spate of protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), many of which have turned violent. Incidentally, a lot of these demonstrations have taken place in several colleges and universities across the country.
“Leadership is all about leading. Therefore, what is so complex about leadership if it is all about leading because when you move forward, everybody follows. It is not that simple,” the Army Chief said
“It appears simple but it is a complex phenomenon. Leaders are those who lead people in the right direction,” he added.
Kashmiri Stone-Pelters Were Called In UP Unrest: Rai
Senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai on Thursday claimed that stone-pelters of Kashmir were called in Uttar Pradesh to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Rai, a senior minister in the Modi government made this claim during his visit to Samastipur in Bihar, New Delhi based World is one network (WION) reported today.
Citing a news report, Rai said that attempts were made to spoil the atmosphere in the entire country including Uttar Pradesh.
Rai said that there was no participation of common people in this disturbance but those who do vote bank politics are behind this movement. During his visit to Samastipur, the minister appealed to the workers to give the right information about this law to the public. He said that the wrong information and rumours are being spread by the opposition parties regarding the new citizenship law.
While talking to reporters, Rai attacked the Congress and those opposing this citizenship law and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah had clearly stated that the citizens of the country are not going to be harmed by this law.
The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said that the opposition should tell what harm is being caused to the people of the country by this law.
He said that PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have been constantly appealing to the people to maintain a state of harmony in the country.
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