Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement before Lok Sabha as the members of Opposition benches voiced a strong protest over the suicide by a farmer in the rally organised by AAP in Delhi. Giving a near clean chit to the Delhi Police, whose personnel were present in large numbers at the venue along with workers of AAP, Rajnath Singh said the man committed suicide as the crowds at the rally kept provoking him.
“The Delhi police tried to stop the crowd from provoking Gajendra. Despite this, the people at the rally kept clapping, making noise,” Rajnath Singh said on the floor of the house.
He also added that even Prime Minister felt sad over the entire incident “Gajendra Singh’s suicide is very sad and unfortunate. I, on behalf of PM Modi and the entire nation and government, feel that it was a very sad incident. This issue should not be politicised.”
Prime Minister too was present in the house when Home Minister made his statement. Lending an assurance of a timely probe, Rajnath Singh added, “Delhi crime branch is probing the incident. I have ordered the police to conduct a time-bound probe into the incident”.
However, the Opposition was unrelenting and took on the government over police inaction as several members raised questions over AAP at the same time. AAP had continued for over an hour after the Gajendra Singh, a farmer from Dausa, had committed suicide. The Delhi Chief Minster and his deputy Manish Sisodia took their turns to speak at the rally after the man hung himself in a full public view.
Demanding high level investigations into the incident, Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge said, “You (Rajnath) said that people at the rally were provoking the farmer. You said the people on the stage also did not protect the farmer. But your police force was there to control the people provoking the farmer. When the farmer was climbing the tree, was the police sleeping then? Did the police want the farmer to commit suicide?”
“We urge the PM to conduct a judicial inquiry because the police, which is the culprit, cannot conduct the probe,” said Kharge.
Protest against Delhi Chief Minister
Earlier in the day the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too faced a series of protest with the workers of Youth Congress demonstrated outside his official residence at Flagstaff Road in North Delhi.
Amid the slogan shouting the Youth Congress workers demanded Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation.
“They (AAP) should have stopped the rally and must have tried to save the farmer. The Chief Minister should resign from his post,” said one of the protesters.
The BJP too protested staged a protest at Delhi Police Headquarters in central Delhi where police used water cannons to disperse them.
Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay alleged that there was a conspiracy behind the incident and demanded that the organisers of the rally be booked for murder. BJP workers including Upadhyay and senior leader Jagdish Mukhi were detained by the police.
AAP has been facing criticism since Wednesday evening for continuing with their rally even after the man committed the suicide barely few yards away from the stage Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was sitting on.