New Delhi, April 9: Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar were on Monday asked to leave Rajghat, where the grand old party is staging a protest and hunger strike against the government over atrocities on Dalits. Tytler reportedly told by Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken to leave the venue after he was found sitting at the stage which the party president Rahul Gandhi was expected to share. However, while speaking to CNN-News 18, Tytler refuted the reports and said,” No one has asked me to leave. I will come back.”
Reports claimed that the Opposition did not want to create any controversy during the hunger strike and hence asked the two leaders to leave the venue. Tytler and Kumar were among the accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases. While Tytler has been accused of instigating and participating in the riots following the assassination of then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Kumar is accused of killings of three Sikhs during the riot.
The Congress party has observed a day-long fast to protect and promote communal harmony across the nation and over other issues. Congress president Rahul Gandhi who is expected to arrive shortly at the venuw will sit with Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken and party workers to protest against the government and its failure to hold discussion in Parliament on key issues such as the CBSE paper leak, the multi-crore PNB scam, Cauvery issue and Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking to reporters, senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said,”Communal harmony and brotherhood is under threat in Modi govt, they want to divide the society, hence it is the duty of Congress party to fight against such powers and this is what we have come together for.”