Opposition to corner the government over Delhi riots in Parliament

NEW DELHI: the parties will try to corner BJP government over communal riots in Delhi that claimed 40 lives when Parliament reopens for the rest of the budget session on Monday morning. They will also press for the Interior Minister Amit Shah The resignation for the failure of the Delhi police to stop community violence.

Despite the absence of a coordinated floor strategy to take on the government, the will see all opposition parties demand answers from home minister Amit Shah over Delhi police’s lapses in controlling the communal conflagration.

In Lok Sabha, Congress will lead the opposition's attack on the government, while the Bahujan Samaj Party will also submit notices of motion for postponement to demand a debate on violence in Delhi. In Rajya Sabha, the opposition leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, is expected to coordinate with like-minded opposition parties to formalize a common strategy to attack the government.

The Trinamool Congress will also demand Shah's response to the failures of the Delhi police, apart from raising the problem.

On Sunday, the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said the party will vigorously raise the issue of the Delhi riots and ask why the violence occurred. “The government has failed miserably in maintaining law and order. I think there must be some kind of link between the rioters and a section of police officers that resulted in horrific murders and arsons that have clouded our image around the world. This is a matter of great concern to us, said Chowdhury, reaffirming Congress's demand for Shah's resignation.

The sources said that the Trinamool Congress, the CPI and the CPM will also raise the issue in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. “The left parties will strengthen the voice of the Opposition in Parliament and raise the issue in both houses. I have sent a notice in accordance with Rule 267 to the president of Rajya Sabha to discuss the issue in the House, ”said deputy K K Ragesh of the CPM.

The leader of the BSP, Danish Ali, will also present a motion for postponement to demand a debate on the riots in Delhi.

The opposition attack is approaching a delegation of Congress, including the meeting of the head of the Sonia Gandhi party with President Ram Nath Kovind, in which they urged him to request Shah's resignation for his alleged abdication of duty during the violence community in Delhi, reminding the Center of its raj dharma. Several opposition parties that do not belong to Congress also wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind to instruct the authorities to ensure that peace is restored in northeastern Delhi hit by violence and action against those accused of delivering provocative speeches .

Party leaders such as NCP, CPM, CPI, RJD, LJD, DMK and AAP also demanded the resignation of the local minister for not controlling violence.

On Sunday, a group of women activists also published a report on the riots in Delhi and accused the government of being completely absent in relief operations after community violence. The group, including Annie Raja, Anjali Bhardwaj, Geetanjali Krishna and Amrita Johri, among others, presented a status report based on their visit to Bhajanpura, Chaman Park and Shiv Vihar, some of the areas most affected by the riots, on 29 February 2020..

The report says: Based on seeing the situation on the ground and talking with the people affected, it is clear that the governments of Central and Delhi have not been able to provide any relief to those affected or displaced by the recent wave of violence. In each place, families who had to leave their homes due to violence are taking refuge with their relatives or have made private arrangements in different locations or are staying in temporary accommodations provided by private individuals. The central and Delhi governments have not established a single aid camp in the areas we visited, ”the report said, adding that all aid initiatives were driven by citizens.

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