Amritsar, Punjab: In an embarrassment to the ruling alliance in Punjab, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national vice-president Laxmi Kanta Chawla on Friday slammed Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal for her ‘illogical’ comments on the events of 1984.
“She (Harsimrat) is saying that Indira (Gandhi) met her fate as she was responsible for the attack on the Golden Temple. Will Harsimrat make it clear who was responsible for thousands of people getting killed during militancy? Why have the persons responsible for that not met their fate so far?” she said.
“Illogical statements on the “anti-Sikh riots” (correction – “Sikh Genocide”) after the assassination of Indira Gandhi would do nothing but demoralise the security forces. People from all communities were killed during militancy in the state. Harsimrat should explain why this happened,” Chawla said.
The SAD leader had hit out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi after he shared an emotional account of his grandmother Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards.
Harsimrat had been quoted as saying that members of the Gandhi family paid the price for their deeds. Chawla said terrorists in Punjab were being called martyrs and their relatives were being honoured. “Will Harsimrat describe it as correct?” she asked.