NEW DELHI: On Wednesday morning, a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) commenced to discuss the prevailing situation in Delhi that has resulted in the deaths of 18 people. The party’s highest decision-making body met after the violent situation in the national capital continues to persist.
The meeting is being headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and is also attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior leaders. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, however, gave it a miss as he is currently abroad.
Following the CWC meeting, Congress leaders are scheduled to hold a peace march from the party’s headquarters located at Akbar Road to the Parliament House.
Earlier, the party urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah, and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to not succumb to partisan politics and come forward and restore peace in the national capital.
Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress’ chief spokesperson said, “This is Gandhi, Nehru and Patel’s India, can any Indian accept this mindless violence? Congress appeals to the people of Delhi to maintain communal harmony and thwart all attempts of the forces dividing the country on the basis of religion."
He said that the violence involving stone-pelting and murder in Delhi has shattered the nation.
The pro and anti-CAA groups threw stones at each other, attempted to burn down houses, successfully burned down vehicles, damaged temples and mosques, fired shots at each other and the security personnel. At least 18 people have been killed as a result of this communal violence.
“Our appeal to the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Delhi chief minister is, can you rise to the occasion, leave aside your political partisanship and views, and become really not leaders of your parties but leaders of the society so that harmony, peace and non-violence prevail,” Surjewala said and asked the government to carry out peace marches in the capital state.
He also said that Congress will support the Centre and the Delhi government in every way to maintain brotherhood and harmony in the society.
“Do not fail this country because you belong to different political parties. This is a sincere appeal on behalf of people of Delhi and the country to Prime Minister Modi, Amit Shah and Arvind Kejriwal. There is no place for violence in Gandhi ji’s India... Today there is a need to establish peace on the ground and maintain brotherhood,” he said.