Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday expressed shocked over the disclosure by the British government that late prime minister (PM) Indira Gandhi had sought military advice from the "perpetrators of Jallianwala Bagh" on the tragic army assault on the Golden Temple.
"I find it hard to believe that the PM of a sovereign nation would so humiliate her own people and country as to turn for military advice against its own citizens. This is the gravest sin against the Sikhs, Punjabis and the people of India," said Badal, in a statement issued here on Tuesday evening.
Badal said the "incredible disclosure" by the British government had also proved that all the past and present leaders of the Congress had been "lying through their teeth" by claiming that the then Congress government never wanted to attack the Golden Temple and that the decision on an army assault was a "sudden one", forced by emergent developments at that time.
SAD president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, too, criticised the Congress for the attack. "This is the most shocking disclosure of how unsafe national security and sovereignty is in the hands of the Congress," he said.