New Delhi: A day after Congress high command decided to appoint Kamal Nath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday protested in the Punjab Assembly, alleging the Rahul Gandhi-led party was rubbing salt into the wounds of victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that broke out in the national capital following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.
Youth Akali Dal (YAD) workers also took to streets in Ludhiana protesting against Kamal Nath’s appointment.
However, Punjab Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra dismissed their (SAD) allegations and claimed that Nath had no role in the 1984 riots.
He also showed a picture in his mobile phone purportedly of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal felicitating Kamal Nath at an event in the past.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, on the other hand, alleged the opposition was politicising the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He said,”Nath served as a Union minister for more than 10 years after the allegations first surfaced against him. A mere reference in the Nanavati Commission report could not be construed as Nath’s involvement in the case.”
“Let us leave it to the law. If somebody is guilty, he’s guilty. If he is not guilty, he is not guilty,” Amarinder Singh told the House today.
Notably, members of the ruling Congress in the state (Punjab) and the SAD engaged in a verbal spat on the issue. SAD MLAs raised slogans against the Congress government and later staged a walkout.