NEW DELHI: A Congress delegation, led by party chief Sonia Gandhi, met President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday and submitted a memorandum on the Delhi violence.
Nearly 34 people have died and over 250 people injured in the violence that started Sunday. The 11-member delegation, led by interim president Sonia Gandhi included former prime minister Manmohan Singh, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former union minister P Chidambaram, senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Randeep Surjewala.
Gandhi said the party had called on the President to hand over the demands of the party, and added that the Centre and the newly elected state government had remained “mute spectators".
“Delhi, specifically parts of north east Delhi, have been gripped by a wave of violence that has only grown in intensity with each passing day. 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 said, while reading portions of the memorandum submitted by the party.
The party has demanded the resignation of the union home minister and said the government should ensure that "the life, liberty and property of the citizens is preserved, secured and protected". The memorandum has also raised concerns over the failure of intelligence agencies, inadequacy of the Delhi Police and the alleged inflammatory remarks made by leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“What has happened in the last four days in national capital region is a matter of deep concern and a matter of national shame. It is a reflection of the total failure of the central government to control the situation. We called upon the President of India and requested him to use his power to call upon the central government to protect and preserve its raj dharma so that the citizens are assured of peace, tranquility and justice," said Manmohan Singh, while addressing reporters after the meeting.
On Wednesday, Gandhi while addressing a rare press conference, said incidents of violence in Delhi was a "well planned conspiracy" and demanded that union home minister Amit Shah should tender his resignation taking responsibility for the developments.
The Congress had called for an urgent meeting of the Central Working Committee on Wednesday morning to discuss the issue of violence in Delhi which rocked several parts of north east district since Sunday.