The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Wednesday slammed the Congress over the new disclosures from Britain concerning Operation Bluestar and said then Indira Gandhi government had mishandled the situation.
Akali MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal said Operation Bluestar was premeditated. "It is unfortunate that things were allowed to go out of hand and all this for political gains. This whole thing was premeditated and pre-planned," she told Times Now news channel.
She said there was a gap of a few months between the visit of the British military adviser and Bluestar and the government could have sorted the issue by dealing deftly with the situation. "They chose not to do it.
They allowed arms to enter, allowed things to reach such a pass that they sent in the army and then tried to convey to the country that Sikhs are anti-national and on the basis of it went to fight the next elections," she said.
"It is unfortunate that the Prime Minister stooped to that level. It shows the extent to which the Congress can go for political gains," she added.
BJP vice-president Balbir Punj said the government must take the country into confidence about what happened. He said the government getting in touch with Britain on an issue concerning the country was "shameful".
"The government of India got in touch with Britain, sought its help in dealing with its own people. After all, all those people in the Golden Temple at the time of Operation Bluestar were our people. They were our flesh and blood. And it was our internal problem. Why did you have to take the help of Britain in dealing with our people? This is really shameful," he said.
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said the Indira Gandhi government should not have taken advice from another country but resolved the matter itself. "I feel they should not have taken advice from any other country. There should not have been interference. It would have been better to find a solution within the country through talks," Mayawati told reporters here.
Mayawati said the 1984 riots were very painful and Sikhs had not got justice under the governments headed by the Congress and the BJP. "They did not appear serious (in providing justice to the Sikhs). Hence, we want a special probe," Mayawati said, asking for the Supreme Court to intervene in the matter.