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BJP: Kamal Nath’s role in 1984 riots proven with resignation

Kamal Nath had on Wednesday requested Sonia Gandhi to relieve him from his duties so that the attention of the party is not diverted from the real issues such as the ‘rampant drug trade’ in Punjab.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published: June 16, 2016 11:04 am
Kamal Nath, Kamal Nath Congress, Kamal Nath punjab, Kamal Nath 1984 riots, Kamal Nath 184 anti0sikh riots, 1984 anti-sikh riots, 1984 sikh riots, 1984 sikh pogrom, India news Kamla Nath’s alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots was used by the SAD and AAP while criticising his appointment as party in charge of Punjab affairs. File Photo.

With Congress leader Kamal Nath resigning as the party in charge of Punjab affairs, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said the move simply proved his complicity in the 1984 riots, adding that the grand old party had “teased” the people of Punjab by appointing him despite knowing his involvement in the riots.

“Two things have come to the fore: first, it is the acceptance of the guilt, which proves there was the complicity of Kamal Nath in the 1984 riots; and, by appointing him as Punjab in-charge, the Congress was teasing the people of the state, which was appalling,” said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

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“Secondly it shows the dearth of leadership in the Congress, because knowing the fact that his name has cropped up in the riots case, he was made the in charge. This happened probably because there was no other leader left in the Congress. That’s why the Congress took such an appalling step and today the Congress stands exposed,” said Patra, while reacting to Kamal Nath’s resignation.

Kamal Nath, whose appointment had drawn sharp criticisms from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), stepped down as the general secretary in-charge of the Punjab Affairs following a controversy over his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

In a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Kamal Nath had on Wednesday requested her to relieve him from his duties so that the attention of the party is not diverted from the real issues such as the ‘rampant drug trade’ in Punjab.


“Certain elements are raking up these issues now only for political gains. I am touched by the support shown by our party workers and leaders in Punjab in repudiating the false accusations. I am a practitioner of Nehruvian politics and maligning of the Congress party using false accusations is unacceptable to me,” Nath said in the letter.

Hoping that the party focuses on the upcoming elections rather than the furore over his appointment, he added that the Congress must highlight the issues of mis-governance, misery of farmers and youth, break down of law and order and rampant drug trade that caused misery to the people of Punjab.

“Given this, I request that I may be relieved of my charge to ensure that the attention is not diverted from the real issues facing Punjab,” Nath said.

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  1. C
    Jun 16, 2016 at 6:52 am
    Yeah they are the human rights and right to live
    1. B
      b khosla
      Jun 16, 2016 at 6:37 am
      Come Elections the Media, BJP, Akali Dal start talking of 1984 Riots and setting up of new SIT. Elections once over, all is forgotten and in the dust bin. Why does the Media not talk of Akali Dal's role in Bhindranwala Khalistan movement and dastardly attack by Sukwant and Beant Singh, Security Guards of Indira hi.
      1. I
        Jun 16, 2016 at 12:31 pm
        Sukhwant and beant Singh were loyal bodyguard of indra for years like shadows they only took law in their hands as last resort indra was destroying their very existence they take oath on to protect someone. Do you think they have gotten anywhere by taking her in the courts in those days. So you saying its alright to kill and rape the w community, may be you were also involved to think like that.
        1. Abhimanyu
          Jun 16, 2016 at 6:15 am
          Till when will this Bhartiya Joker Party play perception politics? I feel pity on the people who won't question a single thing of this status quoist government when there are so many issues on the ground.
          1. B
            Jun 16, 2016 at 6:38 am
            let this party of half truths along with people from sad groups say a single word of sympathy let alone compensation for thousands of hindus killed by terrorists in punjab
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