Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday accused the “Gandhi family” of unveiling its “anti-Sikh” stance once again by catapulting “guilty men of 1984” anti-Sikh riots Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar to the political centre stage.
The two Congress leaders, who are accused of involvement in the 1984 riots, were recently seen accompanying party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to a police station after the suicide of a retired soldier in Delhi.
“(Allowing) himself to be flanked by Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar on his right and left suggests that the Congress vice-president endorses what they had done 32 years ago,” Sukhbir said in a press statement.
“Anti-Sikhism is in the DNA of the Congress, especially Gandhi family. The Congress indeed regretted 1984, yet the party continues to adore and admire those who carried out the carnage,” said the deputy CM.
Accusing Rahul of flaunting the “killers of Sikhs” as trophies, Sukhbir said it was bound to trigger hate and anger among the community.
Sukhbir said the party was still threatening Sikhs through these “goons who are thriving under Congress patronage” by circumventing the judicial process.
“If Rahul can’t keep these elements at a distance, then he should bring Sajjan and Tytler to Punjab to campaign for his party. Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh would welcome the move as he has already given clean chit to Tytler,” said Sukhbir.
The SAD chief also accused Amarinder of trying to prove his loyalty to Gandhi family by coming to the rescue of their “blue-eyed boys” Tytler and Sajjan Kumar.