Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who has come under severe criticism for the government’s response to the Delhi riots which have claimed 42 lives till now, finally broke his silence when he addressed a public meeting in Odisha on Friday.
Shah spoke about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the riots, but don’t get your hopes up. Instead of appealing for peace or comforting the victims, the home minister instead accused opposition parties of spreading misinformation and inciting riots.
“Opposition parties are spreading misinformation that Muslims will lose their Indian citizenship because of the CAA. They are instigating people and fomenting riots,” he said.
मैं देश की जनता से कहना चाहता हूं कि ये विपक्ष के लोग CAA को लेकर भ्रांति फैला रहे हैं, लोगों को उकसा रहे हैं, दंगे करा रहे हैं: श्री @AmitShah— BJP (@BJP4India) February 28, 2020
“Congress, Mamata didi (Banerjee), SP, BSP, all of them are opposing the CAA. They say it will take away citizenship of minorities. Why do you lie so much?”
While the violence was initially thought to have begun as clashes between those who were for and against the CAA, reports from the ground soon made it clear that there was large-scale communal violence.
HuffPost India’s Betwa Sharma reported on Thursday on the religious polarisation that led to the burning of at least three mosques.
Shah’s statement comes a day after Congress leaders met President Ram Nath Kovind and called for Shah’s resignation for “abdication of duty” during the Delhi violence.
The Delhi Police, which reports to the Home Ministry, has been accused of doing little to control the violence. IPS officer Vibhuti Narain Rai, who investigated the Hashimpura massacre, told HuffPost India that the Narendra Modi government has politicised and...