New Delhi: At a time when the riot-hit Northeast Delhi is returning to its normal self after week-long bloodshed, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday called the violence in the national capital as ‘targeted structural violence’ and said the responsibility lies at the doorstep of the BJP government. Also Read - Woman Chants 'Pakistan Zindabad' at Owaisi's Bengaluru Rally, Faces Sedition Charges | WATCH
He said this while addressing a public meeting on AIMIM’s 62nd foundation day in Hyderabad. He stated that the violence triggered due to the speeches made by some BJP leaders. Also Read - How Many Muslims, Dalits? UIDAI Has Not Followed Rules: Asaduddin Owaisi on Notices to 127 People
“This communal riot happened with full planning and preparation. An atmosphere of hatred was created. It cannot be called a communal riot but it is a pogrom,” he alleged. Also Read - 'You Will Even Find Owaisi...': Yogi Adityanath's Swipe After Kejriwal Chants Hanuman Chalisa
He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the riot-affected areas of Northeast Delhi.
“We were hopeful that you (Prime Minister) might have taken some lesson from 2002 (Gujarat riots) and ensure such thing would not recur,” he further added.
Talking about slogans raised by some youths in Metro stations in Delhi, Owaisi said that who are these people telling ‘goli maaro desh ke gaddaron ko’ (shoot the traitors). “Prime Minister Modi, this riot happened with planning. This is targetted structural violence and its responsibility is on you,” he said.
Saying that the whole responsibility of Delhi violence lies at the doorstep of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, Owaisi wondered whether Prime Minister Modi would narrate the pain of the people in monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat.”
Owaisi further added that the Prime Minister did not make mention of the Delhi violence in his speech in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday though he dwelt on ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.
Owaisi also slammed Delhi Police for not responding to the calls of Muslims affected by the violence. He said the elected representatives of AIMIM would donate one month salary to the families of those killed in Delhi violence.
Taking strong exception to the Centre’s legislation, Owaisi said his party the AIMIM would urge Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to not allow NPR exercise in the state.