SAD to corner Cong over delayed justice to 1984 riot victims

The SAD-BJP government in Punjab is likely to change its tack and replace the wealth tax-protest agenda with other “burning” issues for the special one day Assembly session on May 3.

Written by Chitleen K Sethi | Chandigarh | Updated: April 15, 2014 5:30 pm

The SAD-BJP government in Punjab is likely to change its tack and replace the wealth tax-protest agenda with other “burning” issues for the special one day Assembly session on May 3.

The treasury benches are going to corner the Congress over Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal and the failure of the UPA government at the Centre to get justice for 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims. “The acquittal brings to the fore the much larger question of the Centre’s lackadaisical approach towards the open massacre of Sikhs in 1984. There has been no justice for them for almost three decades now. The CBI and Congress are hand in glove in giving a clean chit to Sajjan Kumar. We are answerable to the people of Punjab,” said SAD general secretary Dr D S Cheema.

The SAD-BJP is also planning to bring into focus the role played by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi,who allegedly remained a mute spectator to the Sikh blood bath in New Delhi following the assassination of Indira Gandhi. “How is Rajiv Gandhi different from Narender Modi? If Narender Modi is communal,then what is Rajiv Gandhi?” said another SAD leader.

Sources said that the issue of delayed justice to riot victims is also going to fuel a discussion on SAD’s stand on the pending death sentences to militants Devinderpal Singh Bhullar and Balwant Singh Rajoana.

Meanwhile,the Congress is also likely to face the heat over the attack on Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani jail. “History has repeated itself. During Partition,when the people in Delhi decided to divide India and Pakistan,the Sikhs of Punjab faced its severest fall out. Partition led to so many Sikhs being killed and the uprooting of hundreds of families from Pakistan. Now also,it is a Punjabi,who has paid the price of India’s weak policies. As a state government,we are helpless in even getting Sarabjeet here for medical treatment,” said Cheema.

“The Centre could not even procure an extended visa for Sarabjit’s family so that they could be with him in the hospital? It is a shame. The Centre is squarely responsible for Sarabjit’s fate. It is unimaginable what horrifying state he is in right now,” he added.

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