After charging that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had advised the then union government on Operation Bluestar, Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday alleged that Badal had taken protection from Sikh militants to save his life during the days of terrorism.
Talking to select mediapersons at a marriage function, where he had come along with Pakistan Punjab governor Mohammad Sarwar, Captain Amarinder Singh accused Badal of practising the politics of double standards even at that time. "On one hand he recommended military action against Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, on the other hand he (Badal) was himself associated with Khalistan Commando Force led by Gurjant Singh Rajasthani for his protection."
"While he always attended the 'bhog' ceremonies of the slain militants, did he ever visit or utter a single word against the killing of 35,000 innocent people, most of whom were Hindus," Capt asked Badal.
"Actually, Badal, who enjoys Z plus security now, had taken protection from militants thus he attended their 'bhogs'," the former chief minister said.
Reiterating that his stand on Operation Bluestar was unambiguous since 1984, Capt Amarinder Singh said he did not need a certificate from Akalis as people of Punjab, particularly the Sikh community, were well aware of it.
"I had strongly opposed Operation Bluestar then, I am opposing it now and will continue to oppose it in future unlike Badal who changes his stand depending on the situation that suits him," Capt Amarinder said in a statement while reacting to the allegations levelled by Akali leaders Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Balwinder Singh Bhunder that he had advised the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on Operation Bluestar.
Capt Amarinder said he was involved in negotiations about the happenings in Punjab from 1980 to January 1984 when he dissociated himself from the process. He pointed out that people know that he not only resigned from the Congress to protest against Operation Bluestar, but also gave up his membership of Parliament.
"Badal cannot hide behind sycophants for a long time as history has started revealing itself," he said, adding that the position taken by Dhindsa and Bhunder was understandable as one was desperate to fight from Sangrur and another was a proclaimed sycophant of Badal.
Capt Amarinder repeated his question to Badal on what transpired between him and the-then union home minister, PV Narsimha Rao, on March 28, 1984, and if he did not recommend military action in Darbar Sahib as he was dead scared over the rise of Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale.
As far as Sukhbir Badal in concerned, he has no moral right to speak as he was studying in foreign countries when Punjab was burning due to the misdeeds of his father, Capt Amarinder commented.
Reiterating his demand that all the documents related to Operation Bluestar be declassified, Capt Amarinder said he wondered as how Badal will be able to defend himself once everything comes into the public domain.