AAP, Congress, accuse ‘Hindutva elements’ of stoking violence

The AAP and the Congress closed ranks to accuse the BJP, the RSS and the Bajrang Dal of inciting violence in the area.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published: October 26, 2014 1:24 am
Clashes between Hindus and Muslims in Trilokpuri escalated on Saturday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna) Clashes between Hindus and Muslims in Trilokpuri escalated on Saturday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

With the communal violence in Trilokpuri, East Delhi, escalating on Saturday, leaders of the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the local BJP of sustaining the riot in an attempt to polarise votes in the Trilokpuri Assembly segment.
The Trilokpuri Assembly segment — a resettlement colony — was a Congress bastion until 2008. In the 2008 Assembly election, the BJP won the seat by a narrow margin. In 2013, AAP leader Raju won the Assembly elections, capitalising heavily on the Dalit votes.

Apart from the Dalits who comprise 80 per cent of the population, the Muslims make up 15 per cent and the Jatav and Bhairo communities draw up the remaining five per cent.

On Saturday, the AAP and the Congress closed ranks to accuse the BJP, the RSS and the Bajrang Dal of inciting violence in the area. AAP MLA Raju said, “Every time the violence subsides, BJP workers round up locals with exaggerated tales. People in this area voted for the AAP in the Assembly polls last December. The BJP is attempting to consolidate the Dalit vote here the way it did in UP.”

Congress leader Harnam Singh, who contested elections in 2013, alleged that the violence was instigated by a BJP leader. “He came to Trilokpuri around 2 pm and members of Hindu groups began chants of ‘Har Har Mahadev’. This made things worse. Two hours after he came, the violence began again,” he said.

East Delhi MP Maheish Girii — Trilokpuri falls in his constituency — said, “It was Diwali and I called up the SHO asking him to bring the situation under control. However, it worsened when Muslim youth  threw something into the area, again triggering stone-pelting.”

Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said the area never had any communal violence during her term. “There were only two places that saw any violence that could be classified as communal since our government came to power — Batla House and Jor Bagh Karbala. In such situations, it’s essential for the government and police to take prompt action against instigators.”

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    Awareness4All
    Oct 26, 2014 at 8:28 am
    Gujarat Model in Delhi. Well done BJP-RSS alliance in creating communal violence.
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      Awareness4All
      Oct 26, 2014 at 6:06 am
      Gujarat Model of Modi
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        Pranab
        Oct 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm
        Riots are happening bcz of certain peaceful cult not bcz of modi.
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          admin
          Oct 26, 2014 at 3:17 am
          Delhi desperately needs Kejriwal back......please get a majority & come back.& delhiites, at least this time please don't fall for those fake NAMO adds....
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          1. ankit mrankitanks
            Oct 26, 2014 at 5:22 am
            It is true that BJP has a long history with Bajarang-dal king of organizations which put all hindus to shame. Using the word "hindutva" to refer them is not fair to hindus, just like using "islam" or "jihad" to refer to terrorists like al qaida or ISIS is not fair to them.
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