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Withdraw Bharat Ratna from Rajiv Gandhi to heal wounds of Sikhs: HP BJP chief

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Holding responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, BJP Saturday said conferred on the late must be withdrawn to heal the wounds of the Sikh community.

Issuing a statement here, claimed that over 5000 were burnt alive in the country including the capital Delhi and had justified it by allegedly saying that when a big tree falls, the earth shakes.

"This statement of instigated workers to kill and no case was registered against the killers at Rajiv's behest... if some honest police officers registered a few cases, the ensured that the culprits were released," he said.

"It was due to the efforts of that senior got life sentence for killing Sikhs," the state added.

slammed Congress for appointing senior party Kamal Nath, who was "responsible" for the riots, as the minister of

He also claimed that the recent 'Hua' remark by Congress had "rubbed salt on the of the Sikhs".

Pitroda, a and Overseas Congress' head, on Thursday said, 'hua to hua' (So what, it happened) about the

He made this remark in response to a question on the riots by a newsman in Dharamshala in

The previous Congress government committed a "crime" by conferring the highest civilian award on Rajiv Gandhi posthumously, he said.

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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 19:26 IST