New Delhi: Even as a delegation of Congress leaders, led by former president Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday visited riot-hit areas in northeast Delhi, a party leader today said that the visit was undertaken as ‘we were under tremendous pressure from our constituencies.’Also Read - 'Centre Creating Panic on Coronavirus to Divert Attention From Delhi Violence,' Alleges Mamata Banerjee
A death toll of 47 has been recorded in the Delhi violence thus far. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Congress Delegation Led by Rahul Gandhi Visits Riot-hit Areas to Assess Situation
Today, ahead of the visit, K Suresh, the working president of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), said, “Congress MPs had so far not visited riot-affected areas but Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and CPI-Left MPs had visited.” Also Read - Delhi Violence: Supreme Court Sends Pleas Seeking FIRs Against BJP Leaders to High Court
“So we were under tremendous pressure from our constituencies,” he added.
Notably, the BJP, the ruling party at the Centre has frequently accused the Congress of ‘Muslim appeasement.’ Most of the areas in northeast Delhi, where rioting took place, are Muslim-dominated localities.
The delegation first arrived at Brijpuri where, speaking to media after visiting a school, Rahul said, “This school is the future of Delhi. Hate and violence have destroyed it.”
“This violence is of no benefit to Bharat Mata. Everybody has to work in together and take India forward at this time,” he further said.
The violence, which was the capital’s bloodiest in nearly four decades, initially began as a clash between pro- and anti-CAA protesters at Maujpur on February 23. A day later, however, it turned communal and continued till Tuesday night.