Kejriwal visits Tilak Vihar, renews demand for SIT

Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asking him to constitute an SIT to probe the 1984 riots.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Published:November 2, 2014 3:57 am
arvind He attacked the BJP and Congress for making false promises before elections and said that if his party came to power in Delhi

On Saturday, the 30th anniversary of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal visited the rehabilitation colony of riot victims in Tilak Vihar and demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be set up to probe riot cases. This comes just weeks before the bypolls in three Assembly seats on November 25.

Kejriwal also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asking him to constitute an SIT to probe the 1984 riots.

Giving a miss to Vande matram and Bharat mata ki jai, his usual greeting at the beginning of rallies, Kejriwal greeted the audience in Punjabi, “Jo bole so nihal, sat Sri akal. Waheguru ji da Khalsa, te waheguru di fateh.”

Kejriwal said, “Thirty years have passed, those people have got no justice. They have been running to courts but the guilty are still free. Had the guilty been punished, riots in Gujarat would not have taken place.”

Kejriwal spoke about the measures that his 49-day government had taken for the riot victims. “Within 30 days of coming to power, we called for an SIT. The BJP and the Congress did not do this. This means that their intentions were wrong. Political parties do not want to solve people’s problems, they want to indulge in vote bank politics,” Kejriwal said.

He attacked the BJP and Congress for making false promises before elections and said that if his party came to power in Delhi, he would take a series of measures for the 1984 riot victims.

Making a pitch for fresh elections in the capital, Kejriwal said, “Whenever I am given a chance and if the AAP comes to power, we will ensure that their houses get repaired. The condition of the children of these people is  bad. There are no decent schools in Tilak Vihar.”

In his letter to Modi, Kejriwal welcomed the compensation of Rs 5 lakh for riot victims and their kin. He also stressed on the need for setting up an SIT to probe the 1984 riots. “To give them justice, the AAP government had recommended the formation of an SIT. But before it could be notified, our government fell… for the last six months your government is at the Centre. But no action has been taken. I request you to immediately constitute an SIT so that the guilty are punished,” Kejriwal’s letter said.

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    Brijkhanna
    Nov 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm
    KEJRIWAL JI WOH DIN HAWA HUWEY JAB PASEENS GULAB THHA, AB TOH AAP KEY WORKERS KO BHI BADBOO AANEY LAGGI HAI.
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    Brijkhanna
    Nov 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm
    KEJRIWAL JI WOH DIN HAWA HUWEY JAB PASEENS GULAB THHA, AB TOH AAP KEY WORKERS KO BHI BADBOO AANEY LAGGI HAI.
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    Sarvopagunavarjita Raghav
    Nov 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm
    AK is a man of his words and he is fearless, not sure how long political mafia can hold him back.
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    Sarvopagunavarjita Raghav
    Nov 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm
    AK is a man of his words and he is fearless, not sure how long political mafia can hold him back.
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    Sarvopagunavarjita Raghav
    Nov 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm
    large project is one aspect of growth, but making sure that each indian benefits from it and that the swaraj and justice and fair treatment is filtered thru to poor at grroot level is another important part. Both are extremely important and we need an AK for each Modi to make sure that wsome growth of India takes place in next ten years.
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    Sarvopagunavarjita Raghav
    Nov 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm
    large project is one aspect of growth, but making sure that each indian benefits from it and that the swaraj and justice and fair treatment is filtered thru to poor at grroot level is another important part. Both are extremely important and we need an AK for each Modi to make sure that wsome growth of India takes place in next ten years.
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    Jay
    Nov 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    Mr. Kejriwal was voted to power last year, as i understand, to change the way government works and clean up the act of Congress government and run a clean government that works for the people, but today he sounds no different from the typical politician out to delve into the past rather than work in the present for change. The Modi government is at least doing something positive and I would have thought Kejriwal would be a natural partner in seeing through his agenda succeed, instead Mr. Kejriwal has chosen to be a negative force for change. Amazing how politicians work for grabbing power!Not to undermine what happened to the innocent Sikhs 30years ago, but if Kejriwal is so concerned for the Sikhs, where was he all these years? He should have started a movement of selfless service and sacrifice to the Sikh community many years ago and, like many non-profit organizations around the world for Kejriwal to see, brought sunlight to this community permanently instead playing politics with the poor people and dooping them before the election. Shameful, and I can ure the Sikhs such people will never bring about any change once they are in power because, then, their agenda would move to other things more important that will satiate their own personal power, greed, and welbeing.
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    Jay
    Nov 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    Mr. Kejriwal was voted to power last year, as i understand, to change the way government works and clean up the act of Congress government and run a clean government that works for the people, but today he sounds no different from the typical politician out to delve into the past rather than work in the present for change. The Modi government is at least doing something positive and I would have thought Kejriwal would be a natural partner in seeing through his agenda succeed, instead Mr. Kejriwal has chosen to be a negative force for change. Amazing how politicians work for grabbing power!Not to undermine what happened to the innocent Sikhs 30years ago, but if Kejriwal is so concerned for the Sikhs, where was he all these years? He should have started a movement of selfless service and sacrifice to the Sikh community many years ago and, like many non-profit organizations around the world for Kejriwal to see, brought sunlight to this community permanently instead playing politics with the poor people and dooping them before the election. Shameful, and I can ure the Sikhs such people will never bring about any change once they are in power because, then, their agenda would move to other things more important that will satiate their own personal power, greed, and welbeing.
    Reply
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