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Congress denies Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar were asked to leave protest site

Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, were apparently asked to leave Raj Ghat before Congress president Rahul Gandhi joined the party’s anti-government protest.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2018 17:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Congress leader Jagdish Tytler (in pic) and Sajjan Kumar are charged with having a role in the riots in the aftermath of prime minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. (ANI/Twitter)

Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, were on Monday asked to stay away from the main stage during the party’s day-long fast against the BJP, party sources said.

However, the Congress denied that Tytler and Kumar were asked to leave, and said such reports were fabricated by BJP.

Tytler and Kumar was asked to leave because they went to the dais straight away even though they were not supposed to be there, the sources added.

“This is the party’s protest event and does not belong to any individual. Only AICC president, ex-ministers and office bearers were to be on the dias. Party workers in large number are coming to the venue and going. We have never said that Tytler and Kumar were not party members,” former Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely said.

Other leaders sat on mats close to the main stage at Rajghat in New Delhi, the venue of the symbolic fast being led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The party’s units across the country are also holding similar fasts on Monday.

READ: Rahul Gandhi’s fast is farce, says BJP on Jagdish Tyter, Sajjan Kumar’s presence

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken was seen talking to Tytler, who sat on the floor after a while. Kumar left the venue after being asked to stay away. Tytler, however, said he was not asked to leave the stage or the venue and was present till the end.

“I was at the dias at 10.30am. Nobody was present there except former DPCC chief Subhash Chopra and one worker of Seva dal. When I asked Maken when the party president would arrive, I was informed that he will come at 1pm. Then I came down to meet party workers. Since then I am here with party workers” Tytler said.

“This is all the BJP’s creation. Nobody asked to me to leave. I even went to greet Rahul Gandhi,” he added.

Tweeting about the controversy, Union minister Harsimrat Badal wrote, “What we are seeing in Rajghat is no fast, it is only a FARCE! Jagdisha Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, who butchered thousands of Sikhs in 1984 attending a farcical “fast” for unity and harmony! What a joke!” .

The day-long fast at Raj Ghat by the Congress was meant to expose BJP’s “lies” and to protest against clashes during the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by Dalits on April 2, in which at least 11 people were killed.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Apr 09, 2018 14:29 IST