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Parliament Highlights: Won’t spare anyone involved in Delhi riots, says Amit Shah

Parliament Today Highlights: Facing opposition criticism over alleged inaction by the Delhi police during the violence last month, Shah appreciated the police for not allowing the riots to spiral.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 11, 2020 8:19:43 pm
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaking in Lok Sabha on Delhi riots. (File Photo)

Parliament Today Highlights: Replying to a discussion in Lok Sabha on the Delhi riots, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday vowed not to spare anyone involved in the violence, which left over 50 dead and many injured. He also stated that it will be lesson for the country on what befalls those who indulge in rioting.

Facing opposition criticism over alleged inaction by the Delhi police during the violence last month, Shah appreciated the police for not allowing the riots to spiral. While expressing grief over the death of people in the violence, Shah said the Delhi police succeeded in controlling riots within 36 hours.

Shah’s reply came after the opposition in Lok Sabha demanded the resignation of the Home Minister for failing to contain the violence in Delhi for nearly three days, even as the BJP accused the Opposition of politicising the situation to further its narrow interests.

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While the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day, the Lok Sabha witnessed heated discussion on Delhi riots. Get Highlights from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha here.

19:27 (IST)11 Mar 2020
Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day

Following Amit Shah's reply in the Lok Sabha on Delhi riots, the House has been adjourned for the day

19:27 (IST)11 Mar 2020
People involved in Delhi violence will not be spared, whichever religion they belong to: Amit Shah in LS

Amit Shah on Delhi riots: "Everyone who was involved in Delhi violence will not be spared, whichever religion they belong to, whichever region they are from. I assure justice to all riot victims. We have analysed the videos, where Opposition is alleging that police has been involved, but that was in order to calm the situation against rioters who were inciting violence. Police has not been involved to increase tension and I want to commend the job done by Delhi police for bringing the situation under control and not letting it spread to other places." 

19:15 (IST)11 Mar 2020
With 'aar paar ki ladai', Congress indulged in hate speech, provoked violence: Amit Shah on Delhi riots in LS

"What is Muslim Personal Law? How can you say that a law has been made on basis of a religion for the first time? CAA is not biased. On December 14, referring to Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi's speech at Ram Lila Maidan, said hate speech was provoked by the Grand Old Party. On February 19 and 22 also, similar inflammatory speeches have been made, why haven't they been considered as 'hate speeches'?," Amit Shah's reply on Delhi violence in Lok Sabha. 

19:06 (IST)11 Mar 2020
All those who caused violence will not be able to escape the law: Amit Shah on Delhi riots in LS

"We are investigating the Delhi violence on the basis of scientific evidence. We have held peace-talks with different communities. Such riots can be spread on communal basis so quickly, only when there is a pre-planned conspiracy behind it, so we have filed a conspiracy-probe angle. All those who caused the violence will not be able to escape the law," says Amit Shah on Delhi violence.

19:00 (IST)11 Mar 2020
Congress MPs stage walkout in the middle of Amit Shah's speech

Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: 'The CCTV and video footage are being analysed. At least 700 FIRs have been registered. We have requested citizens to share videos or photos of the violence to help identify rioters which will further be checked through software. 1100 people have been identified until now and nearly 300 people had come from Uttar Pradesh.'

Congress MPs stage a walkout from the Parliament in the middle of Home Minister's speech.

18:52 (IST)11 Mar 2020
I did not go to Delhi riot-affected areas as police would have to run behind me: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

Amit Shah in Lok Sabha on Delhi violence: "The Delhi police has ensured that the violence which broke out in parts of the national capital was restricted to 12 areas, The violence was restricted in 12 areas On 24th February, around 2 pm, we received the first message on violence and it continued till February 25 around 11 pm. So, Delhi police has controlled the violence within 36 hours. The entire time, I was coordinating with Delhi police and the concerned officials at Rashtrapati Bhavan. I had requested the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval to visit the riot-affected areas and take report from the police. I did not go there myself because the police otherwise would have to run behind me to ensure my security."

18:44 (IST)11 Mar 2020
No reports of violence after Feb 25, took necessary action: Amit Shah on Delhi riots

Home Minister Amit Shah on Delhi riots: "The way Delhi riots have been painted wrongly in front of the world, even today, the way it has been presented in the Parliament in a similar manner, but I want to dismiss a few doubts." Replying to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's question on why the delay in discussion on the matter, Home Minister says, "After February 25th 11 pm, no riot incident took place. The very next day, we said, we will do day after Holi. We made this decision keeping in mind that Holi is a festival to bring communities together and did not want to brew more tension. Our motive was to discuss the matter in the Lok Sabha on March 11 and in the Rajya Sabha on February 12; but there was ruckus."

18:33 (IST)11 Mar 2020
Nothing anti-Muslim about CAA, but everything anti-Hindu about the anti-CAA protests: Tejashwi Surya in LS

BJP leader Tejashwi Surya hits out at the Congress in the Lok Sabha over the CAA protests and says, "Congress is engaged in module of riot-engineering. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi called for 'aar-paar ki ladai', and asked people to come out on the streets when she held a dharna at the Ramlila Maidan. The very next day, innocent Muslim women gathered at Shaheen Bagh and began protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which has nothing against Indian Muslims. But in the protests here, all anti-Hindu slogans are being raised. There is nothing anti-Muslim about CAA, but everything anti-Hindu about the anti-CAA protests."

18:14 (IST)11 Mar 2020
Delhi riot pictures used by IS, do you want Muslims to be radicalised by IS?: Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi launched an attack at the BJP-led Central government against the violence in Delhi over CAA and said that it has "radicalised the Hindus". He further said: "The beatings of riot victims, their pictures, have been used by IS. Do you want Muslims to be radicalised by IS?"

18:04 (IST)11 Mar 2020
Question not of Hindu or Muslim, but will you rise up to constitutionality?: Asaduddin Owaisi in Lok Sabha

On the Delhi riots matter, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi told the Lok Sabha: "What is my dignity when I see a saffron flag is hoisted on a masjid? What is my dignity when children have become orphaned? Do you have any humanity left in you? This is not a question of Hindu or Muslim, but if you will rise up to constitutionality. What kind of god is my PM if he cannot cry over the violence in Delhi? I pray to you, save the soul of this country."

17:17 (IST)11 Mar 2020
This is the time to include Muslims from countries, where they are in minority: BJD's Pinaki Mishra

"We've supported CAA. Women in their mid-80s are sitting in protest at Shaheen Bagh. Perhaps, this is the time to think of including Muslims from countries in this region where they are in a minority. This will give them a feeling that the government cares for them," BJD leader Pinaki Mishra told the Lok Sabha.

16:58 (IST)11 Mar 2020
1,487 Indian prisoners lodged in jails of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Lanka: MEA

As many as 1,487 Indian prisoners are lodged in various jails of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the External Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday. Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said 83 missing Indian defence personnel, including prisoners of war, are believed to be in Pakistan's custody. "The government has consistently taken up the matter with Pakistan. However, so far, Pakistan has not acknowledged the presence of these missing Indian defence personnel in its custody," he said in a written reply.

16:31 (IST)11 Mar 2020
TMC MP Saugata Roy invokes Shakespeare in LS, calls Meenakshi Lekhi a 'devil's advocate'

Invoking Shakespeare's Macbeth, TMC MP Saugata Roy hit out at his BJP counterpart Meenakshi Lekhi and referred to her as the 'Devil's advocate'. He further said, 'She (Lekhi) is an advocate of the Delhi Police, police which showed inaction (during Delhi riots)'.

16:23 (IST)11 Mar 2020
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day

16:21 (IST)11 Mar 2020
Total 132 scientists left DRDO in the past 5 years: MoS Defence Shripad Naik in Lok Sabha
16:16 (IST)11 Mar 2020
'IB reports' against some people should be made public: Lekhi on Justice Muralidhar's transfer

Replying to the Opposition for raising the matter of Justice Muralidhar's transfer, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi says, "Intelligence Bureau reports against some people should be made public, so that people know who has been transferred and why." The transfer order of Delhi High Court judge Justice Muralidhar had drawn sharp political reactions, as he was issued the order, on the night of February 26— the day when he had pulled up Delhi Police for failing to register FIRs against three BJP leaders for their alleged hate speech.

16:00 (IST)11 Mar 2020
BJP controlled Delhi violence in 36 hours: party MP Meenakshi Lekhi

Quoting former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi says, "Bade ped girte hain toh dharti hilti hain (When big trees fall, earth always shakes). Do you expect Home Minister to be present at the place of riots when it is happening? He convened an immediate meeting with the police and security officials from 7 pm to 1 am. He also met NSA Ajit Doval, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP Delhi President Manoj Tiwari among others and appealed everyone to ensure peace. BJP controlled the violence in 36 hours."

15:55 (IST)11 Mar 2020
Kapil Mishra held responsible for acts of Amanatullah Khan, Tahir Hussain: BJP

Defending BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma whose names have been involved for inciting violence in the national capital, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said: " Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma were blamed for Delhi violence. Anurag & Verma made comments on Jan 20 & Jan 28 respectively, while the violence started on Feb 23. Kapil Mishra was held responsible for acts of Amanatullah Khan, Sharjeel Imam and Tahir Hussain. Log toot jaate hain ghar banane ko aur tum taras nahi khaate ho bastiyan jalane ko (People break their backs to build houses, and you do not feel sorry to set these houses ablaze). Some people have history of setting things ablaze. I have data which shows who was responsible whenever violence incidents took place in country."

15:47 (IST)11 Mar 2020
Congress running and defending politics of minority vote bank, inciting violence: BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi

BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi stating the number of riots that happened during the rule of Congress leaders, said: "Congress was running on the politics of minority vote bank, but have forgotten about Sharjeel Imam and AAP MLA Amanatullah. In 2014, that changed and stating data, I want to tell you who was actually responsible for inciting violence and riots earlier."

15:41 (IST)11 Mar 2020
It is not Kapil Mishra, Delhi police but few other people who are inciting violence: BJP in Lok Sabha

In a reply to Congress' discussion on Delhi riots, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said, "Tahir Hussain who is an AAP leader. From his building, bombs were thrown. Bricks have been hurled at people. Acid was used to attack people. These people are protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Why are they protesting? Cause this government had the courage to grant citizenship to some minorities. People have been inciting violence for a long time, you are now blaming Kapil Mishra and Delhi police for it?"

On Friday, Opposition members in Lok Sabha said the decision to suspend seven Congress MPs for the remainder of the Budget Session for unruly behaviour should be reversed as the “punishment” was “disproportionate”. The MPs were on Thursday suspended from Lok Sabha for the remaining period of the Budget Session for “misconduct” after they trooped to the Well and snatched papers from the Speaker’s table. Defending the government’s decision, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that such ‘misconduct’ never happened in 70 years of independent India.

Earlier on Friday, Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi and other Congress MPs were seen protesting outside the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Parliament over the suspension of the Congress MPs and Delhi violence. Some protesters were seen holding placards which read “Amit Shah resign.”

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