Dhumal seeks SIT probe into 1984 anti-Sikh riots
Senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday demanded a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and other parts of India, alleging that the Congressmen were “actively involved” in “brutal killing” of innocent Sikhs.punjab Updated: Jan 30, 2014 20:16 IST
Senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday demanded a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and other parts of India, alleging that the Congressmen were “actively involved” in “brutal killing” of innocent Sikhs.
His demand came a day after the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government sought to set up a SIT to probe the 1984 riots.
Talking to reporters here, Dhumal said when Rahul Gandhi himself had admitted the involvement of Congress leaders in the riots, he should have taken action against them.
“We don't want an apology, but action against the culprits of the 1984 riots. We demand a SIT probe,” Dhumal said.
Nearly 3,000 Sikhs were killed across the nation in the riots, which erupted after the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, on October 31, 1984.
Meanwhile, replying to a question, Dhumal hailed the verdict of various news channels that the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ahead in the race of the Lok Sabha elections and slammed chief minister Virbhadra Singh for stating that the surveys were manipulated.
He said whatever suited to the Congress was right for the chief minister and the rest was wrong.
He said the chief minister used to manipulate things in his favour, but when things go against him, he would criticise others.
He said the names of BJP candidates for the four Lok Sabha seats in Himachal would be finalised at a party meeting in New Delhi on February 9-10.
However, he denied any dissension in the party over tickets, while claiming the party would win all four seats.
He said all those leaders who had deserted the party during the assembly elections were eager to rejoin and their cases would be decided soon.
He said he, too, was interested in their home coming, as they were also the part and parcel of the BJP since its formation.
Talking about the prospectus of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state, Dhumal said the AAP had lost its grounds in Delhi, and there was no question of its base in Himachal, where the politics was bi-polar between the BJP and the Congress.
He said a third front had no relevance in the state, and the next election would be mainly fought between the BJP and the Congress.
First Published: Jan 30, 2014 18:43 IST