1984 riots: Badal's demand for fresh probe a gimmick, says Khaira

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2015 09:44 IST

Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira said the letter shot off by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding a fresh probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, was a political gimmick to woo Sikh voters in the Delhi elections.

Khaira said the BJP, which was apparently on a weak wicket in Delhi, was leaving no stone unturned to win the elections. As part of this strategy, the BJP and Badal have leaked to the media the likely setting up of the SIT to probe afresh the 1984 riots, since an announcement at this juncture was not possible due to the model code of conduct.

"If the BJP was serious about ensuring speedy justice to the aggrieved Sikh victims, why did it wait for eight months to implement a decision taken by the Arvind Kejriwal government to set up a SIT on January 30, 2014? Why a similar SIT was not set up by the Vajpayee-led NDA government in office from 1999-2004, in which deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was also a minister?" asked Khaira.

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