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Cong leaders meet President, demand Shah’s resignation


New Delhi

Accusing Home Minister Amit Shah of “abdication of duty” during the communal violence in Delhi, a Congress delegation led by party chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday urged President Ram Nath Kovind to call for his resignation and remind the Centre of its “raj dharma”.

Reading out parts of the memorandum that the party submitted to the president, Gandhi said both the Delhi government and the Centre remained “mute spectators” instead of trying to take remedial measures to control the situation.

“We call upon you and the constitutional office you hold, that the life, liberty and property of the citizens is preserved, secured and protected. You should immediately call for the removal of the home minister given the gross ineptitude, abdication of duty and his inability to contain the situation. We owe this to the citizens who have lost their loved ones, their homes and their livelihood and most of all their long cherished amity and brotherhood. We hope you will take decisive action on this matter,” she told the media outside Rashtrapati Bhavan after meeting
the President.

The delegation included former prime minister Manmohan Singh, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, P Chidambaram, K C Venugopal, Mallikarjuna Kharge, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Anand Sharma, A K Antony, Kumari Selja and Randeep Surjewala. 

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