‘Periodical tamasha by Akalis’
A day before a Special Court judge is to decide on whether to accept the CBI’s closure report in Congress candidate Jagdish Tytler’s involvement in the 1984 Sikh riots case, he told Hindustan Times that the controversy is premeditated by the Akalis to sabotage his political career.delhi Updated: Apr 09, 2009 01:20 IST
A day before a Special Court judge is to decide on whether to accept the CBI’s closure report in Congress candidate Jagdish Tytler’s involvement in the 1984 Sikh riots case, he told Hindustan Times that the controversy is premeditated by the Akalis to sabotage his political career.
On Tuesday a journalist hurled a shoe at Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, protesting the Congress’s decision to field Tytler from North-East Parliamentary seat.
Political circles have been agog with rumours that an embarrassed Congress might end up cancelling his candidature.
Throughout Wednesday, Sikh political groups demonstrated across the Capital protesting the CBI’s decision to give him a clean chit.
What is your reaction to the whole controversy surrounding the CBI’s decision to give you a clean chit in the 1984 riot case?
It is a periodical tamasha (gimmick) orchestrated by the Akalis, BJP and the media. I just want to ask one question. The CBI had given me a clean chit in 1999 also and at that time the BJP was in power at the Centre. LK Advani was the Home Minister. How come the BJP never questioned the CBI verdict then? Why is this issue being raked now after 22 years?
After Tuesday’s incident, questions are now being raised within your own party about your candidature. Is the Congress having second thoughts on your candidature?
It is only the media which is making these speculations. Nobody in the party has officially communicated anything of this sort to me.
Do you think this controversy will affect your poll prospect this time?
I don’t think so. Even today while campaigning I was greeted by two-dozen Sikhs in Shahdara who donated Rs 51,000 to my campaign. They told me that they would always support me. Let me tell you, I will win from North-East constituency with the highest margin. I will quit politics if the results are otherwise.
The Opposition is saying that the timing of the CBI verdict is questionable, coming as it is just before the elections. The BJP is alleging that Congress is hand in glove with the CBI and is misusing it to further its political interest?
If the CBI verdict is questionable then what happened in 1999 when BJP was in power. If Congress is hand in glove with the CBI now, I want to say that BJP was hand in glove with the CBI then.
North-East is new Parliamentary seat formed post delimitation. While this new seat has nine Assembly constituencies from east Delhi, there is only one assembly seat from your Sadar Bazar constituency that was dissolved after delimitation. Do you think contesting in an altogether new seat will mar your poll prospect?
I am not an outsider here. People know me here. In 1978 when this area was badly affected by flood I worked here with Indira ji.
What is your poll agenda?
Development. I want to take the Metro rail to areas like Nand Nagri. Besides, improving the education and health system in my constituency, getting infrastructure projects to this area is also in my agenda.