BJP,Cong slam SGPC honour for Vaidya assassins

BJP,sharing power with the SAD in satate,criticised the move with its chief spokesman dubbing it ‘regrettable and unjustifiable’

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 17, 2014 6:12:59 pm

BJP,sharing power with the SAD in satate,criticised the move with its chief spokesman dubbing it ‘regrettable and unjustifiable’

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s (SGPC) controversial move honouring family members of the two assassins of General A S Vaidya in the Golden Temple complex came in for attack from Congress as well as BJP on Thursday.

BJP,sharing power with the Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab,criticised the move with its chief spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad dubbing it “regrettable and unjustifiable”.

The BBP reaction came after Sharad Pawar’s NCP questioned BJP’s silence SGPC move and said the saffron party’s stand on terrorism was “opportunistic”.

Addressing media in Mumbai,NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik alleged that for BJP the fight against terror meant creating hatred for getting votes. “It maintains silence when it comes to taking a stand on the issue of terrorism in the states ruled by the party,” Malik said.

Meanwhile,the Congress also made it clear that politics on such a sensitive issue will not be tolerated and warned that those who will “fool around with serious subject like terrorism,will have to pay.”

“It is for the Punjab government to sort it out if these kind of schizophrenic statements are coming out”,party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary said when asked to react over the move,which is being confirmed by the SGPC,but denied by the Parkash Singh Badal-led Punjab government.

The move has come amid a raging debate over raising of a memorial for those killed during Operation Bluestar in 1984.

Gen Vaidya was the Chief of Army Staff when Operation Bluestar was launched by the Army in 1984 to flush out militants led by Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale from the Golden Temple. Vaidya was assassinated in Pune in 1986 in Pune where he had settled down after his retirement,by Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha. The two were hanged on October 9,1992 and the SGPC has been been commemorates their death anniversary every year.

The two assassin’s family members were honoured by the SGPC at the Akal Takht,the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs,two days back. The SGPC,controlled by the ruling SAD,also hailed the General’s killers as Sikh martyrs sparking a row.

The SGPC organised an Akhand Path at the Akal Takht to mark the 20th execution anniversary of the two assassins. The function was presided over by SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh.

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