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Delhi violence | Hate and violence enemies of development, will not benefit ‘Bharat Mata’: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visiting the riot-hit Arun Modern Public School at Brijpuri in New Delhi.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visiting the riot-hit Arun Modern Public School at Brijpuri in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

Two separate delegations of Congress leaders visited different areas in northeast Delhi

Hate and violence are enemies of development and the divisiveness being spread will not benefit ‘Bharat Mata’, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday, as he led a delegation of party leaders to the riot-hit northeast Delhi.

Two separate delegations of Congress leaders visited different areas in northeast Delhi.

The delegation led by Mr. Gandhi included K.C. Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, K. Suresh, Mukul Wasnik, Kumari Selja, Gaurav Gogoi and Randeep Surjewala.

This delegation visited a private school in the Brijpuri area of northeast Delhi that was vandalised and burnt during the riots.

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Arun Modern Public Senior Secondary School, which is over 32 years old, suffered massive damage and the Congress delegation went around the gutted classrooms and surveyed the burnt busses.

Speaking to the media, Mr. Gandhi said, “This [school] is India’s future. Hate and violence has destroyed it. Nobody has benefited from this. Violence and hate are enemies of development.”

“India is being divided, burnt. This will not benefit Bharat Mata,” he said.

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Mr. Gandhi along with the other leaders also visited a mosque near the school that was affected in the violence.

Sources said the Delhi police advised Mr. Gandhi not to go beyond the Brijpuri Nullah.

The other delegation, comprising mostly MPs, left in a bus from the Kerala House here and included Hibi Eden, Gurjeet Singh Aujla and Abdul Khaleque.

Their first stop was Chand Bagh where they met shopkeepers and asked them about the losses they suffered.

The Congress has demanded that the issue of the communal riots in Delhi be debated in Parliament and proceedings of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been disrupted over the issue.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi last week had deputed a five-member team to visit the riot-affected areas of Delhi and submit a report to her after assessing the situation there.

The communal violence in northeast Delhi, which was sparked by protests over the amended Citizenship Act, and has left 42 dead and over 200 injured.

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