Dikshit denies govt hand in violence
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit has promised action against people involved in a clash last week outside the Rakabganj gurdwara and rubbished suggestions that her government had a hand in the violence, Anshu Seth reports.delhi Updated: Nov 17, 2012 23:57 IST
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit has promised action against people involved in a clash last week outside the Rakabganj gurdwara and rubbished suggestions that her government had a hand in the violence.
"It was a clash between two factions of Sikhs, which is being given political colour by some for their vested interests," she said about the clash on Thursday at the central Delhi gurdwara which left several people injured.
Her comments on Saturday comes after her Punjab counterpart Parkash Singh Badal wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, alleging that a move by her government to amend the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee election procedure was "unjustified" and "provocative" and had led to the violence.
Dikshit was in Ludhiana, Punjab, to attend an event organised by the Nehru Sidhant Kendra Trust to celebrate the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
The chief minister said it was not the first time that an amendment had been proposed in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Act, adding that the matter would be taken up in the Assembly session. "The Badal government should not interfere in any elections taking place in Delhi," she added.
She referred to Nehru as a great visionary and a committed soldier who participated in the freedom struggle.
She described Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi as a leader of the future, saying it was premature to comment whether he would be the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections.