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Amit Shah says Delhi people will ‘punish’ the ‘tukde tukde’ gang in polls

Union Home Minister Amit Shah. File

Union Home Minister Amit Shah. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

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The gang operated under the leadership of Congress, which was responsible for disrupting the peace in Delhi during protests against CAA, he says.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said it was time to “punish” the “tukde tukde gang under the leadership of the Congress”, which was responsible for “disrupting the peace” in Delhi during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). The people of Delhi would punish them, he stated, referring to the coming Assembly elections.

Mr. Shah’s statement comes in the wake of protests against the CAA across the country, including in Delhi, where violence broke out during some of the protests.

When the Citizenship Amendment Bill was discussed in Parliament, “no one was willing to say anything”, but then they started “misleading” people, he said at a ceremony for laying the foundation for the East Delhi Hub at Karkardooma. 

“Delhi has seen it after a long time that people have come out on the streets and peace has been disrupted. The Opposition has misled people and disrupted the peace in Delhi. I want to ask Delhiites, that the police will do its work, but should you not bring in a government in Delhi that maintains peace?... Time has come to punish the ‘tukde tukde’ gang under the leadership of the Congress that is responsible for making Delhi tense. Delhi’s public will punish them,” he said.

Charge against AAP govt

With elections to the Delhi Assembly expected to be announced soon, Mr. Shah hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party administration, accusing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s government of obstructing development projects.

He said the “Kejriwal jhaadu government” was the biggest obstacle before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri’s efforts to develop Delhi. The Centre’s healthcare scheme, the Ayushman Bharat, and the affordable housing initiative, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, had been obstructed by the Delhi government, he alleged.

He said Delhiites would elect a BJP government in order to accelerate development works. The AAP government was trying to take credit for the work done by the Modi government by issuing advertisements.

Along the lines of the Sabarmati riverfront redevelopment in Gujarat, Mr. Shah said, the Centre had decided to redevelop both the banks of the Yamuna in Delhi. The first phase, covering 90 hectares, had started and the second phase of 107 hectares would be started soon – both would be done in the next five years.

Earlier, Mr. Puri spoke about the East Delhi Hub project being made by the NBCC. The first transit-oriented development project in the country, the first phase of the hub would cost Rs.1,393 crore spread over 30 hectares. Under the TOD policy, 70% of the hub would be for residential use, 20% commercial and 10% civic amenities. The project would be completed in three years, he said.

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