Congress team meets President Kovind, urges him to sack Amit Shah

Ghughuti Bulletin

NEW DELHI: A day after holding the home minister responsible for the outbreak of riots in Delhi, a Congress delegation Thursday met President
Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to sack
Amit Shah from the Union Cabinet. The party asked the President to remind the Modi government of its “raj dharma”.

Congress met Kovind as part of its plan following the meeting of the CWC on Wednesday where it reviewed the communal violence in the capital and targeted the Centre and ruling BJP for the tragedy. The party demanded Shah’s resignation for not acting on time to avert the violence and former PM Manmohan Singh called the riots a “national shame”.

The delegation led by Congress chief
Sonia Gandhi submitted a memorandum to the President in which it accused the Centre and also the Delhi government of being “mute spectators” instead of initiating steps to control the situation.

“You should immediately call for the removal of the home minister given the gross ineptitude, abdication of duty and his inability to contain the situation … We hope you will take decisive action on this matter,” states the memorandum, parts of which were read out by Sonia Gandhi to reporters at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

“Rashtrapatiji, you are given the highest possible responsibility under the Constitution of India: to act as the conscience keeper of this government and to remind it of its constitutional duty and the pillars of raj dharma by which any just government must abide,” Sonia said, flanked by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
Ahmed Patel, A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad,
Mallikarjun Kharge, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Kumari Selja, Jitin Prasada among others.

She said the fact that the
Delhi High Court had to step in and remind the
Delhi Police of its duty to act against the rioters and the instigators, marked a “shameful indictment” of the central government, home ministry and the home minister.

“It is how the leaders and institutions of a country react in times of crisis that defines how we are remembered by history and the rest of the world. We cannot be found wanting in this hour,” the memorandum said.

Targeting Shah for the second day in succession, Sonia Gandhi asked, “What was he preoccupied with since last Sunday that he was unable, apparently, to give his attention to these grave events?”

Former PM Manmohan Singh told reporters, “We requested the President to use his power to call upon the central government to protect and preserve its ‘raj dharma’ so that the citizens of this country and this city are assured of peace, tranquility and justice.”

The opposition party also called it a failure of intelligence agencies and asked if they had provided any information which could have helped prevent the violence.

Sonia said the seeds of division were sown by the inflammatory remarks made by the BJP leaders during the recent Delhi elections.

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