The Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday questioned the state cabinet minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s decision to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.

Hailing the Delhi High Court verdict convicting and sentencing senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, BJP’s national secretary Tarun Chugh questioned Sidhu’s decision to first campaign for and now attend swearing-in ceremony of Kamal Nath, one of the senior Congress leaders accused of leading mobs in 1984. “Sidhu has rubbed salt on the wounds of the families of victims of 1984 by agreeing to be a part of the ceremony,” he said adding that Sikh leaders of the Congress also need to explain their support to Kamal Nath.

The BJP leader said the Congress party had unleashed terror on the roads of the national capital in 1984 and got thousands of Sikhs killed through its four villains – Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, HKL Bhagat and Kamal Nath. Stating that only Sajjan has been punished so far, Chugh hoped that Tytler and Kamal Nath will also get their due soon. Bhagat is not alive.

Slamming Congress president for approving Kamal Nath’s name as CM of Madhya Pradesh, Chugh said this is a proof of Rahul Gandhi’s anti-Sikh DNA. “He (Rahul) has proved once again that Gandhi family was throughout protecting the perpetrators of 1984 genocide,” the BJP leader said.

He said both Nanavati Commission and Mishra Commission in their reports had confirmed the involvement of Tytler and Kamalnath in 1984 genocide but the successive Congress governments in the Centre had brushed the reports under the carpet to save the leaders who led the killers. He said victims of the 1984 started getting justice only after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister of the country and constituted SIT to expedite the process of law and impart justice.

Chugh claimed Narendra Modi government was committed to provide justice to victims of 1984. He hoped that the special investigative team (SIT) would continue its fact-based investigation against Tytler and Kamal Nath too so that they are also punished as per law.