The BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Wednesday welcomed the Delhi court's decision to re-open a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler.
"After 28 years, the sin committed by Congress operatives will be exposed. This was clearly a Congress-sponsored massacre and there was not a single conviction," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She said the Congress's attempt to cover up the case through 'misuse' of the CBI has 'failed'.
The BJP has maintained that the Congress remained silent all along on the involvement of its leaders but cannot afford to do so now. "No relief has been given to Sikhs. We will probably see the process start now," Sitharaman said.
In a statement in Chandigarh, Punjab deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal termed the decision a "first small victory in the 30-year-long sustained battle by thousands of families of the victims". He said his party has been fighting on every front to defeat the "nefarious designs of the Congress party that is bent upon giving a clean chit to architects of the worst ever massacre of Sikhs".
On its part, the Congress ruled out any immediate action against Tytler. "We cannot transgress into the court's jurisdiction. If there is something conclusive, we will examine it," party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury said.