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Fireworks expected in Parliament as BJP to rake up 1984 Sikh riots to counter Congress

Any debate on these 1984 Sikh riots and Golden temple issues is bound to push the Congress in a defensive corner.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2017 10:48 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A view of Parliament House during the winter session in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

The BJP wants to revive the sensitive issue of deploying army in Golden Temple and the 1984 riots in Rajya Sabha on Friday as an upbeat Congress is demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarification on his statement during Gujarat assembly elections.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy wants to move a resolution to express regret on the deployment of army by the then Indira Gandhi government in Golden Temple 1984. He also wants speedy action against all culprits of 1984 Sikh riots, which he said, “continues to shock the conscience of the patriotic citizens of India.”

His resolution says, “This House, to further the process of healing the long standing hurt feelings and sentiments, resolves that the deployment of the military in the Golden Temple at Amritsar on June 6, 1984 in retrospect, is deeply regrettable, and the targeted mass killing of Sikhs on November 1-3, 1984 continues to shock the conscience of the patriotic citizens of India and further calls upon the Union and State Governments to declassify all the records relating to these two tragic events of 1984 and take speedy action according to Article 21 of the Constitution, to bring to book under the criminal law all those found guilty in the mass killing of Sikhs in November, 1984.”

Any debate on these two issues is bound to push the Congress in a defensive corner.

While the government has listed three bills for passage in the Upper House—The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill and The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill—it has listed the GST amendment bill in the Lower House.

The government also wants to push The Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill to further improve ease of doing business.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill and The Public

Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill has also been slated for passing.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 10:23 IST