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Amarinder's refusal to meet Sajjan Cong conspiracy: AAP

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's refusal to meet Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan is part of a "political conspiracy" hatched by the high command under a "tit for tat" policy, the (AAP) alleged today.

"As we are aware, the Ontario of had recently passed a resolution terming the 1984 anti Sikh riots as Sikh genocide and state sponsored annihilation of the Sikhs," Chief Whip Sukhpal Singh Khaira said.

He said this is something which is completely unacceptable to the high command, as it puts the party in an "untenable position".

"It is common knowledge that the has been on the back foot for the last more than 32 years for its nefarious role in the killings of thousands of Sikhs in and across in the aftermath of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination in 1984," Khaira said.

"The denial of justice to the families of 1984 victims for the last more than three decades is not only a blot on the Indian democracy and its judiciary but it continuously haunts the and its tainted leaders responsible for the genocide," he said.

Therefore, in order to settle scores with the Canadian government for passing the Sikh genocide resolution, the Congress high command has "directed" Amarinder to oppose Sajjan on "flimsy grounds" by calling him a Khalistani sympathiser, the leader said.

He claimed that the Congress apprehends if it does not oppose Sajjan now by whipping up sentiments over Khalistan, a similar resolution might be introduced in the Vidhan Sabha in the ensuing budget session, creating "more embarrassment" to it.

"Secondly, Amarinder is also settling personal scores with for not granting him permission to visit its soil for politicking and collecting funds. Hence, he is creating a false euphoria of Khalistan to oppose Sajjan," he claimed.

The leader urged Amarinder to reconsider his "unjustified statement borne out of petty considerations" and welcome Sajjan to Punjab as a state guest.

"This will not only send a positive message to over 50 lakh NRI's settled across the globe but also improve bilateral ties between (Punjab) and Canada," he said.

"By meaninglessly opposing Sajjan, he is not only humiliating the Punjabis and Sikh diaspora abroad but also back home," he added.

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First Published: Sun, April 16 2017. 19:42 IST