Amritsar, Punjab: Even as a group of 1984 genocide victims today burnt the effigies of Congress leader Jagdish Tytler and Congress candidate Capt Amarinder Singh here today, another group questioned BJP candidate Arun Jaitley’s “double standards” on the issue.
This group pointed out that Jaitley’s aide Mukul Rohtagi was defending Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar in courts.
Led by Harpal Singh, Surjit Singh and Atma Singh Lobana, members of the anti-Congress group were prevented from marching towards Amarinder’s election office. They tried to get past the police barricades, but in vain. They accused Amarinder of “backstabbing the Sikhs for petty political gains”.
The second group of genocide victims lashed out at Jaitley, pointing out that his aide Rohtagi was defending Jagdish Tytler as well as Sajjan Kumar in courts. They said Rohtagi was also defending Narendra Modi in cases related to the Gujarat genocide. “He was recently seen in Amritsar campaigning for Jaitley,” they claimed.
Questions on RSS, BJP role
Addressing a press conference, the 1984 Sikh Qatal-e-Aam Insaaf Committee president, Gurdeep Singh Kahlon, and former DSGMC chief Paramjit Singh Sarna alleged that Jaitley had brokered a compromise between Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and Parkash Singh Badal in 2001.
“They wanted to bail out RSS and BJP workers involved in the riots and in the bargain offered a compromise,” Kahlon alleged.
They asked why Jaitley and Parkash Singh Badal had been “silent on the role of RSS and BJP workers in the Sikh genocide”.
They accused Badal of doing little for the Sikh genocide victims.
Source: The Tribune