Rahul Gandhi: Hate and violence enemies of development will not benefit ‘Bharat Mata’ | India News
Two separate delegations of congressional leaders visited different areas in northeast Delhi to assess the situation and meet the victims of violence.
The delegation led by Gandhi included K C Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, K Suresh, Mukul Wasnik, Kumari Selja, Gaurav Gogoi and Randeep Surjewala.
The delegation visited a private school in the Brijpuri area that was destroyed and burned during the riots.
The Arun Modern High School, which is over 32 years old, suffered massive damage and the congressional delegation toured the disemboweled classrooms and examined the burned buses.
Speaking to reporters, Gandhi said: “This (school) is the future of India. Hate and violence have burned it. No one has benefited from this. Violence and hate are enemies of development.”
“India is being divided, burned. This will not benefit the people and Bharat Mata,” he said.
People have to unite with love and work for the country, since only by uniting India can the nation advance, said the former president of Congress.
“When there is violence in India, its capital, India’s reputation in the world is affected,” he told reporters.
The strength of India – brotherhood, unity and love – has been burned here, he said referring to gutted school.
“With this type of policy, not only is this school harmed, Hindustan and Bharat Mata are harmed. Our reputation in the world, which is very important for our future, has burned here,” he said.
Gandhi along with other leaders also visited a mosque near the school that was affected by the violence.
Later, in a tweet, Gandhi said: “It is sad to see what hate does. Love is strength. Hate is weakness. India cannot act with hate. It is not our way.”
Sources said Gandhi also wanted to visit other areas affected by riots, but Delhi police advised him not to go beyond Brijpuri Nullah.
When Gandhi entered the vehicle to return, a woman in the crowd that had gathered outside the school began to scream and blamed Congress for the violence.
The other delegation, composed mainly of parliamentarians, left on a bus from the Kerala House here and included Hibi Eden, Gurjeet Singh Aujla and Abdul Khaleque.
Their first stop was Chand Bagh, where they met merchants and asked them about the losses they suffered.
The delegation also visited Bhajanpur, Karawal Nagar Road, Khajuri khas, and met with the victims of the riots.
“People told us that people from outside had come to cause disturbances and that those who lived in the area had been living together for years and also wanted to live in unity in the future,” Khaleque said.
Congress has demanded that the issue of communal riots in Delhi be debated in Parliament and the proceedings of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been interrupted by the issue.
The president of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, had appointed a five-member team last week to visit the areas of Delhi affected by the riots and present her with a report after assessing the situation there.
Community violence in northeastern Delhi, which was caused by protests over the amended Citizenship Law, has left 42 dead and more than 200 injured.