Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Admi Party (AAP) yesterday tore into the Congress for appointing Kamal Nath as the party’s general secretary, in-charge of Punjab with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal terming it as ‘the ultimate insult to Sikhs’.
CM Parkash Singh Badal
Punjab CM says
“It is an unbelievable brazen act of insensitivity towards Sikhs and crass and vulgar disregard of national opinion on the guilty of the massacre of thousands of innocent Sikh children, men and women by Congress goons in November 1984. I just cannot believe a political party can be so brutally insensitive to the sentiments of Sikhs,” Badal said.
AAP slams Congress
Taking a dig at Congress over Kamal Nath’s appointment, the AAP yesterday claimed that the grand old party is rewarding him for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
“The Congress is rewarding Kamal Nath for obeying (then Prime Minister) Rajiv Gandhi’s orders during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi,” AAP leader and eminent lawyer HS Phoolka said.
Violence against Sikhs broke out in Delhi after the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by her Sikh bodyguards.
No charge against me: Kamal Nath
Senior Congress leader and newly appointed General Secretary in-charge of poll-bound Punjab, Kamal Nath yesterday asserted that he was absolved by the Nanavati Commission of any involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. “Nanavati Commission in its report, which is also available on internet, has absolved me and said that in no way I have either instigated or participated in anti-Sikh riots. This was end of the matter as there was never a charge against me.”
‘Congress will rid Punjab of drugs’
Accusing the SAD government of providing protection to illicit drugs trade in Punjab, Rahul Gandhi yesterday said Congress party will help free the state of the menace by bringing in a new law and restore the money made by drug dealers to the victim families. Addressing a dharna staged by the Congress against the drugs menace, he said, “There is a monstrous enemy before you and it is ruining your life. We are with you and together we will fight this enemy.”