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Akali leader says Sonia responsible for Tytler, Sajjan tickets

india Updated: Apr 10, 2009 00:31 IST

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Describing the Lok Sabha candidature of anti-Sikh riot case accused leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar as “rubbing salt on wounds of Sikhs”, a senior Akali leader today blamed Congress president Sonia Gandhi for selecting them.

Bikramjit Singh Majitha, a senior Akali leader and a former Punjab minister, said that “nominating such person as candidates is like rubbing salt on the wounds of the Sikhs.

He put the blame on Gandhi saying that she is the final authority in the congress party when it comes to deciding the candidates.

Talking to reporters here, he said that the 1984 anti-Sikh violence was an emotional issue and no Sikh could forgive the perpetrators of that carnage.

The Akali leader described the stand, on this issue, of former chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh as “double standard”. Amarinder Singh claims credit for having resigned on the Operation Blue star issue while on the other he is maintaining a tacit silence on the candidature of Tytler and Sajjan Kumar as Congress candidates, the Akali leader said.

“As a Sikh, Amarinder Singh should surrender both the tickets alloted by the Congress party to his family members and resign from the primary membership of the party”, he added.