Washington: United States senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Thursday came down heavily on US President Donald Trump for his statement on Delhi violence during his India visit. Sanders said that Trump’s statement was a “failure of leadership”. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Father of Deceased IB Staffer Accuses AAP's Tahir Hussain For Son's Death
Asked about incidents of violence during his India visit, the US president, during his visit to India, had said, “As far as the individual attacks, I heard about it, but I didn’t discuss that with him (Modi). That’s up to India.” Also Read - Delhi Violence: Judge Hearing The Case Transferred to Punjab And Haryana High Court
Taking to microblogging platform Twitter, Sanders said, “Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying ‘That’s up to India’. This is a failure of leadership on human rights.” Also Read - Delhi Violence Highlights: AAP Leader Tahir Hussain Booked For Murder of IB Staffer; Death Toll Rises to 38
Notably, this makes Sanders the second Democratic presidential nominee after Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak against the violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act in New Delhi. Apart from the Democratic presidential candidate, other influential senators too expressed concern over the developments on Wednesday.
“We are alarmed by the recent violence in New Delhi. We continue to support an open dialogue on issues of significant concern in order to advance our vital long-term relationship,” Senator Mark Warner from the Democratic Party and John Cornyn from the GOP said in a joint statement.
Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) has taken note of the ongoing communal riots in Delhi and the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged maximum restraint, calling for violence to be avoided, his spokesperson Stephen Dujarric has said.