Not raking up Op Bluestar, anti-Sikh riots issue for poll gains: Parkash Singh Badal

Amarinder Singh, had alleged that Badal was in the habit of raking up the Op Bluestar issue at the time of elections to exploit the sentiments of innocent people.

Chandigarh | Published:February 8, 2014 4:15 pm
What Amarinder says is false and baseless, Parkash Singh Badal said. What Amarinder says is false and baseless, Parkash Singh Badal said.

The 1984 anti-Sikh riots was the result of a “big conspiracy” which had been “organised by the then Central government and the Congress”, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Saturday even as he hit out at the opposition party over its claims on the Operation Bluestar issue.

A day after senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh accused Badal of raking up the Operation Bluestar issue for political gains, the Shiromani Akali Dal today dismissed the charge as “false and baseless”.

“It is unfortunate. What Amarinder says is false and baseless. There is no truth in that. While Amarinder did not go to any jail, after Operation Bluestar, I spent several months in prison,” Badal told reporters here.

Meanwhile, talking about the 1984 riots, Badal said, “Every one knows the truth. How many Commissions have been set up? I am not trying to favour (BJP), but every one knows that it was well organised by the then Central government and the Congress party… it was a big conspiracy.

“Has anybody said there was BJP’s or Akali Dal’s hand in it?” he asked.

Further, responding to allegations by Singh that he had asked the Sikhs in the Army to mutiny following Operation Bluestar and the 1984 riots, Badal said, “There is absolutely no truth in that. These are just false accusations.”

“Emotions (at the time) were running so high… It is not just Sikhs, but even right thinking Hindus and others condemned what was going on,” he said.

Singh, who served as the Punjab Chief Minister between 2002-07, has alleged that Badal was in the habit of raking up the Operation Bluestar issue at the time of elections to exploit the sentiments of innocent people.

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    Singh
    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:37 pm
    Ever since 1947 the sikh army has been sent in front line while the Hindus sta at home ,why is India turning blind plight of thousands of sikhi being prisoned for nothing the Punjab police abuse women, nothing is done . People are still in prison even after they have serverd their sentaces .No one is safe in India because there is no law too much corruption
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    jodharora
    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:52 pm
    Few politicians know about the truthful history of Punjabthan Cant Amarinder Singh and P.S. Badal because the former has been both in SAD and INC. He knew the truth that Mr. Badal is very clever politician. He spent 8 months in jail but is ruling Punjab for more than 25 years. He has tricked many of his ociates like Sant Fateh Singh, Chanan, Singh, Sant Jarnail Singh, Sant Singh, JathedarTohra, Capt Kanwaljit Singh and many others. Capt. Amarinder Singh has not spent enough time with party workers, common people and in ruling the government. I was not there but I heard that he would go to his office 1-2 PM and finish in 2-3 hours and indulge in his pleasure dinning. His loyal friends went away.There are honest folks who should write history from 1978 to date and that would tell people about these two gentlemen.
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    jodharora
    Feb 8, 2014 at 8:52 pm
    Few politicians know about the truthful history of Punjabthan Cant Amarinder Singh and P.S. Badal because the former has been both in SAD and INC. He knew the truth that Mr. Badal is very clever politician. He spent 8 months in jail but is ruling Punjab for more than 25 years. He has tricked many of his ociates like Sant Fateh Singh, Chanan, Singh, Sant Jarnail Singh, Sant Singh, JathedarTohra, Capt Kanwaljit Singh and many others. Capt. Amarinder Singh has not spent enough time with party workers, common people and in ruling the government. I was not there but I heard that he would go to his office 1-2 PM and finish in 2-3 hours and indulge in his pleasure dinning. His loyal friends went away.There are honest folks who should write history from 1978 to date and that would tell people about these two gentlemen.
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    paul
    Feb 9, 2014 at 7:52 pm
    only the bearer knows where the shoes pinches.shrewd critics like Kumar were in the crowd,whenthousands in Delhi, The Sikhs were killed.these were the people who looted cash/ gold/drivenexpensive cars,besides killing& there were HINDU/MUSLIMS brothers/sisterswho provided shelter/food to the victims formonths. shame
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    paul
    Feb 9, 2014 at 7:52 pm
    only the bearer knows where the shoes pinches.shrewd critics like Kumar were in the crowd,whenthousands in Delhi, The Sikhs were killed.these were the people who looted cash/ gold/drivenexpensive cars,besides killing& there were HINDU/MUSLIMS brothers/sisterswho provided shelter/food to the victims formonths. shame
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    Kumar
    Feb 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm
    who cares sikhs, everybody after grabbing money. Sikhs have no land now.
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    Singh
    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm
    Do these politicians ever care sincerely for security, safety and well being of the general public. They are always worried about the prosperity, safety and establishing hegemony of their own clan, by hook or crook. When the w Punjab (including major part of north India) were facing big turmoil in those days, Badal sahib managed to escape to the safe heavens of a most secure and luxuriously served Forest Rest House (he calls it 'jail') deep inside the Sal forests of Siwalik hills of Dehradun.
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    Singh
    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm
    Do these politicians ever care sincerely for security, safety and well being of the general public. They are always worried about the prosperity, safety and establishing hegemony of their own clan, by hook or crook. When the w Punjab (including major part of north India) were facing big turmoil in those days, Badal sahib managed to escape to the safe heavens of a most secure and luxuriously served Forest Rest House (he calls it 'jail') deep inside the Sal forests of Siwalik hills of Dehradun.
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