Published On: Mon, Dec 17th, 2018

1984 anti-Sikh riots ghost haunts Congress again following Sajjan Kumar’s sentencing

Congress has long been trying to bury the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, but its ghosts have not left haunting and today the discomfort was to the highest level when a Delhi High Court bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel sentenced life imprisonment for party leader Sajjan Kumar.

1984 anti-Sikh riots, Congress, Sajjan Kumar

In the 1984 massacre more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in the national capital in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Today’s judgement ironically came on the same day when another Congress leader, Kamal Nath, was gearing up to take oath as Madhya Pradesh chief minister. His name too is linked to the anti-Sikh pogrom.

Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiromani Akali Dal have scaled up pressure on Congress against the appointment of Kamal Nath as Madhya Pradesh chief minister.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said it was the worst kind of genocide. The Sikh community believes Kamal Nath is equally guilty and he should not be appointed as CM.

SAD leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa said to be fighting till Kamal Nath and another Congress leader Jagdish Tytler gets death sentence.

Families of the riots’ victims burnt effigy of Kamal Nath and BJP leader Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga sat on a hunger strike demanding removal of Kamal Nath as CM.

It is yet to see whether Congress president Rahul Gandhi removes Kamal Nath or to face the change in immediate political equation.

However, experts believe the changes of removal are slim, but the sentencing of Sajjan Kumar has again brought 1984 into the political discourse.

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