Strict measures must be taken against those involved in the Delhi riots: Anurag Thakur

CHANDIGARH: The minister of the Union, who has been under fire from the opposition for his alleged hate speech during, said on Sunday that strict measures must be taken against those involved in communal riots in the national capital that were charged more than 40 lives

The Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs addressed a press conference here after meeting with stakeholders from various trades and industries during an interactive session organized by him.

At the press conference, he was asked to comment on the alleged hate speeches made by him and others BJP leaders in the pre-election period of Delhi and how such vitriolic discourses caused riots in the city.

Strict measures must be taken against those involved in (Delhi) riots. The strength of our country is that people of various religions coexist and live together contributing to the construction of the nation, Thakur said.

Commenting more on communal riots, he said: The police are doing their job ...

When asked again about his alleged hate speech, Thakur said: I think sometimes there is also a lack of information in the media about how some things are projected.

Evading a greater response on the issue, the minister of the Union chose to talk about the economy of the country.

India should move forward. We have made great strides in the economy and we will also do it in the future ..., he said.

Thakur added: Starting Monday, the parliament session will begin, questions are also raised from the economy to various other issues and on that platform (in parliament), answers will be given on various issues.

If you have questions about the economy, you should ask them ..., he said when the media continued to answer questions about his supposed hate speech.

When journalists mentioned the wordings of the alleged hate speech, the BJP leader shot back, This is not what I said ...

Declining any further comment on the matter, the BJP leader said, The matter is sub-judice. You (media) should have full facts (about his alleged hate speech). Half-baked information can be dangerous ...

The Delhi High Court had recently expressed anguish over the Delhi Police's failure to register FIRs against three BJP leaders over their alleged hate speeches in connection with the CAA-related violence and asked the police commissioner to take a conscious decision on it.

Congress has said it will vigorously raise the issue of communal unrest in Delhi during the second part of the parliamentary budget session that begins on Monday and will require the resignation of the Interior Minister of the Union, Amit Shah, for alleged police failures to stop the violence.