Victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots held a protest in Ludhiana ahead of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s meeting with industrialists, accusing him of supporting the accused.
More than 100 Sikh protesters including women gathered outside the Whistling Woods resort, where the meeting was to be held, at 10am on Monday and shouted slogans against Kejriwal.
They accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener of siding with Congress leader Jagdish Tytler who has been accused of involvement in the riots, which followed the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in Delhi.
“I want to remind my sisters in Delhi that Kejriwal is responsible for our losses as we lost our siblings and parents in the riots. He has no right to enter Punjab,” said Sukhjit Kaur, a victim.
Later, addressing a function organised by the Ludhiana Management (LMA), Kejriwal announced that he would be back in Punjab to specifically meet industrialists and hear and address their concerns.
“Please prepare a vision document, keeping in mind the fiscal state of Punjab. We will certainly bring about a turnaround and there will be no problem later, but we will have to give it time,” he said.
Kejriwal kick-started his 5-day tour to Punjab, which goes to polls next year, on Thursday and has been touring parts of the state to campaign for his party amid sporadic protests.