Congress Working Committee holds meeting to discuss Delhi violence; party leaders to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to seek normalcy in National Capital

  • Amid continued communal violence in parts of northeast Delhi that has claimed 20 lives, the Congress top leadership started deliberations on the issue at a meeting of its working committee on Wednesday

  • Congress president Sonia Gandhi and top leaders like Manmohan Singh, AK Anthony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Priyanka Gandhi were present during the meeting

  • However, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was not present at the meeting as he is abroad, sources said

New Delhi: Amid continued communal violence in parts of northeast Delhi that has claimed 20 lives, the Congress top leadership started deliberations on the issue at a meeting of its working committee on Wednesday.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and top leaders like Manmohan Singh, AK Anthony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Priyanka Gandhi were present during the meeting.

However, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was not present at the meeting as he is abroad, sources said.

Congress leaders are also likely to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to seek normalcy and peace in violence-hit Delhi after its working committee meeting on Wednesday, party sources said. They will also submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind.

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The party is likely to evolve a strategy on the continued violence in Delhi, following protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

The Congress is against the CAA and has urged the government to keep it in abeyance or take it back as it is causing concern among a major section of the country's population, especially the Muslim community.

The death toll in the northeast Delhi communal violence over the amended citizenship law rose to 20 on Wednesday, according to GTB Hospital authorities.

Communal violence in northeast Delhi escalated on Tuesday as police struggled to check the rioters who ran amok on streets, burning and looting shops, pelting stones and thrashing people.

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Updated Date: Feb 26, 2020 12:57:42 IST