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Cong directive to Tytler, Sajjan ‘hypocrisy’: SAD

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

With Congress leaders, Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, getting directed to stay away from party’s day-long fast against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday said it was another example of Congress hypocrisy.

In a Press statement, SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said the Congress should not indulge in political dramas by appearing to distance itself from 1984 Sikh massacre perpetrators Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar.

He said the duo should be expelled from the party immediately instead of supporting them internally. The very fact that these leaders reached the dharna site proves that they are active members of the Congress party. It also proves that the Congress party as well as the Gandhi family continues to nurture them secretly,” he said.

The Akali leader said even though the party was forced to make both leaders leave the dharna site as it did not want them to be seen publicly with the party president, the Congress party has steadfastly refused to take any action against them.

“This proves that the party, as well as the Gandhi family, fears that they will reveal some facts which will implicate the senior party leadership as well as the Gandhi family in the 1984 Sikh massacre case,” Cheema said.

He said Tytler had already given a hint of the disclosures to come in case the Congress party took any action against him, by openly stating in a television interview that he had taken Rajiv Gandhi to various parts of Delhi on November, 1984 which were subsequently wreaked by mayhem against the Sikh community.

Cheema said Tytler even presented the killing of Sikhs as a ‘service’ rendered to the Gandhi family in a subsequent sting video for which he claimed he was entitled to special and highly respectable consideration.

“Neither the Congress nor the Gandhi family contradicted his claim that he was promised chief ministership of Delhi or a Rajya Sabha seat indicating the hold he has over the Gandhi family,” he added.

The former minister said Gandhi was indeed serious about distancing himself and his party from the blood-stained Tytler– Sajjan duo, he should immediately throw them out of the Congress.