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‘I should not have spoken’: Arvind Kejriwal apologises for farmer’s death at AAP rally

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Making a departure from the usual attitude of politicians in the country, Arvind Kejriwal today apologised for not stopping his speech at an event where farmer Gajendra Singh Rajput  killed himself.

Kejriwal also regretted his decision to make a speech after the gruesome incident took place.

In an interview to news agency ANI, the Delhi Chief Minister said, “I think I was wrong, I should not have spoken. I didn’t think of it at that time. I apologise if I hurt anyone.”

While the man tied a noose out of a white scarf and plunged off a branch, Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders were seen taking the stage. Neither the Police nor the AAP volunteers were seen trying to stop the man from hanging himself.

Kejriwal later said that no one had expected the farmer to take such a drastic step.

The Delhi Police, however, filed an FIR against the Aam Aadmi Party stating that party workers didn’t cooperate in saving the man and even clapped and cheered, which instigated the farmer.

Defending the party, Kejriwal said, “No AAP leader made any announcement from the stage because that would have led to chaos.” At the same time, Kejriwal made a speech in which he blamed the Delhi police for acting like mute spectators.

Kejriwal also admonished the ‘hoopla’ created over the incident, saying that the media and the politicians should focus on the main issue of farmer suicides.

Meanwhile, the BJP dismissed the apology saying, “He should reflect on that day. We don’t accept the apology. He is trying to justify himself.”

The family of the 42 year-old farmer, Gajendra Singh also rejected the Chief Minister’s apology saying it was “too little, too late”.

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BJP President Amit Shah States The Importance of Having Citizenship Bill

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

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BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)