bjp: Ideology of appeasement responsible for communal riots: BJP

A day after the Jahangirpuri violence in the national capital, the BJP on Sunday said the “ideology of appeasement” is responsible for communal riots across the country in the last 70 years. Hitting out at opposition leaders including Sonia Gandhi over her joint statement expressing deep concern over the recent incidents of hate speech and communal violence, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said this “selective politics” of the opposition is harmful to the country.

Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters, Patra said the clashes in the North-West Delhi area were being probed and everyone should wait for the outcome.

“But, at the same time, we would like to say that a joint statement was issued by Sonia Gandhi along with other opposition leaders yesterday. This selective politics of some opposition leaders is not suitable for the country, it is harmful for the country,” They said.

Patra said, “In this letter Sonia Gandhi talked about ideology…Today the question arises as to which ideology leads to such riots in the country.” It is very unfortunate to link “this policy of appeasement and politics”.

A clash broke out between Hindus and Muslims during a religious procession in Jahangirpuri on Saturday, in which nine people, including eight police personnel and a civilian, were injured.

Stones were pelted by the warring groups and some vehicles were torched. Additional police contingents were sent to disturbed neighborhoods and other communally sensitive areas following the clashes.

Patra, who was accompanied by BJP’s Delhi unit chief Adesh Gupta, alleged that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal does nothing and only discusses action against corruption.

“An atmosphere has been created in Delhi as if Arvind Kejriwal ji is trying to fight a big fight against corruption. You will be surprised to know that Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials said that there is no record of all the calls. 1031, the anti-corruption helpline,” Patra said, adding that the helpline was shut down and not a single person was found guilty.

Gupta made several allegations of corruption against the AAP government and its minister Satyendar Jain and claimed that the ruling party in Delhi was involved in corruption in Jal Board, Delhi Transport Corporation and other departments.

“Jains are a milch cow and hence Kejriwal is keeping them with him,” Gupta alleged.

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