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Rahul Gandhi's 1984 riots remarks rubbed salt into wounds of Sikhs: Badal

Asserting that then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had also apologised for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, he said the fight to bring justice for the victims of the riots will continue

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

President Shiromani Akali Dal, Sukhbir Badal. File photo: ANI
President Shiromani Akali Dal, Sukhbir Badal. File photo: ANI

The (SAD) Saturday hit out at president over his remarks on 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying by disagreeing with the view his party was involved in the "genocide", he had "rubbed the salt into the wounds" of the Sikh community.

Hitting out at the president, alleged that Gandhi was trying to protect those leaders who were involved in the "genocide".

"has rubbed salt into the wounds of Sikh 'qaum' (community) by saying that Congress was not involved in 1984 anti-Sikh riots," Badal told reporters on Saturday, adding "it shows the thinking of Gandhi towards Sikh community."

Describing the 1984 a "very painful tragedy", Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to the UK, said, "I have no confusion in my mind about that. It was a tragedy, it was a painful experience. You say that the Congress party was involved in that, I don't agree with that. Certainly there was violence, certainly, there was tragedy."

Nearly 3,000 Sikhs were killed in the riots in 1984 following the assassination of former prime minister by her Sikh bodyguards when the Congress government was in power at the Centre.

"I want to ask Rahul if Congress leaders were not involved in then why it withdrew tickets given to Congress leaders H K L Bhagat, and Sajjan Kumar. Why was removed from the ministry in the Manmohan Singh-led government," Badal asked.

Asserting that then Prime Minister had also apologised for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, he said the fight to bring justice for the victims of the riots will continue.

First Published: Sat, August 25 2018. 21:15 IST
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