Published On: Wed, Mar 11th, 2020

Delhi violence was in the making for months, says Lekhi in LS

New Delhi: Responding to Opposition attack over Delhi violence, senior BJP leader and MP from New Delhi constituency, Meenakshi Lekhi on Wednesday lauded Union Home Minister Amit Shah for containing the Delhi violence within 36 hours.

I would like to tell them that they’ve forgotten that some accused today are occupying the position of CM

“The violence was brought under control within 36 hrs which, if you look at in hindsight, was in the making for months,” Lekhi said, while defending the Union Home Minister, during the Lok Sabha discussion on Delhi riots.

She also claimed that the Home Minister did not go to the violence-hit areas of north-east Delhi to avoid “splitting of security forces to guard him”.

“What do you expect? That Home Minister would go and sit in a police station? Would that have not caused splitting of security forces just to guard him?” Lekhi asked.

Earlier in the Lok Sabha discussion, the Congress hit out at the government for the delay in controlling Delhi riots, alleging that the incidents would not have happened if timely action had been taken.

Dubbing the Central government “nikammi sarkar” (incompetent government), Congress leader of the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury sought resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah for not handling the issue with sincerity. “If National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval’s visit can help in controlling the situation why couldn’t the Home Minister visit the riot-hit areas,” he asked.

Lekhi responded with an attack on the Congress as she recalled the 1984 riots and alleged the involvement of some senior Congress leaders in the violent episode which took away thousands of lives.

“They talked of 1984 riots, I would like to tell them that they’ve forgotten that some accused today are occupying the position of CM,” Lekhi added.

Lekhi’s comments came after senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claimed that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had extended an apology for 1984 riots.

She also reminded Congress about infamous statement by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, where he was quoted as saying “When a big tree falls, the earth shakes”!

Without naming Justice S Muralidhar, Lekhi also said that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) report on the transfer of judges should have been made public.

This she said in response to Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s tirade against the BJP for its alleged dull response during the Delhi riots, said, “Some judges think that police should not act until protests turn violent. Who will decide when the ‘dharna’ will become violent? The transfer of the judge was made on a recommendation (the Supreme Court Collegium had recommended for Justice Muralidhar’s transfer to the Punjab and Haryana High Court). The IB report on the transfer of judges should be made public.”

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