Former Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly and veteran BJP leader V K Malhotra feels the communal flare-ups in Delhi over the past few weeks were more skirmishes than riots.
“I have seen Delhi since 1948 when I was a student. I was the founder member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Jan Sangh. Earlier, the capital did not witness incidents like the ones we have seen under President’s rule. I would not call them riots but skirmishes,” Malhotra said.
According to the former BJP CM candidate, the Muslim population in Delhi had increased in the last few decades. “In 1961, there were only 1.5 lakh Muslims as they had migrated to Pakistan during the Partition… Now they make up 20 per cent of the population,” he said.
Malhotra said crime in the capital had increased due to the influx of migrants from Bangladesh. “It is due to a major inflow of Bangladeshi citizens that crime has risen. With growing population, they need to assert themselves. I will give an example of Walled City areas – earlier there were Hindus living near Jama Masjid and Matia Mahal, but Muslims drove the Hindu families out. It is because of the political aspirations of parties like the Congress that such incidents occur as they encourage people like the Owaisis,” he said.