A day after the violence that took lives of 31 people so far and left hundreds of people injured in Haryana along with damaging crores of properties after the rape conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim on Friday, Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said the Haryana chief minister, ML Khattar should be sacked for his government’s “complete failure” in controlling the situation.
“Haryana government’s inability to maintain law and order situation of predictable chaos was to be blamed. The lack of management of predictable crowd violence, where anyone could see people gathering with weapons in advance of the verdict is the major reason behind what has happened,” he said.
“Ultimately it is the chief minister and his cabinet who are responsible for the law and order situation in the state. It is a complete failure of the government and the CM should be sacked for it. Why wasn’t any action taken first under Section 144? Why, for example, were all gatherings not prohibited? Why was there no preventive deployment of armed police on the streets? All of these are such obvious questions to be asked,” he said.
The Congress had called for Khattar’s resignation on Friday.
Meanwhile, BSP president Mayawati also demanded immediate dismissal of the Khattar government over the incident on Saturday. Such “shameful surrender” to votebank politics needed to be condemned, she said.
Mayawati expressed deep anguish over the loss of lives in the state. “The Khattar government should be immediately dismissed for its absolute laxity and involvement leading to large-scale violence after the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief on rape charges,” she said. “This kind of shameful surrender for politics of vote needed to be condemned by all,” she added.