New Delhi: Responding to Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s stout denial of his party’s involvement in anti-Sikh riots, Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga has placed hoardings across the national capital which say: ‘Rajiv Gandhi is Father of Mob Lynching’. Not happy yet, Bagga went on to share it on his Twitter handle:
Last week, Gandhi said that “Congress was not involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots”. The riots had left nearly 3,000 Sikhs killed, mostly in Delhi when the Congress was at the Centre. “I have no confusion in my mind about that. It was a tragedy, it was a painful experience. You say that the Congress party was involved in that, I don’t agree with that. Certainly there was violence, certainly there was a tragedy,” he had said. Supporting him, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said that a few Congress leaders were named in the riots but the party “was never involved in the riots”. His comment drew criticism from the BJP and its allies who said the Congress was involved in the genocide. The Punjab CM also came under attack for defending Gandhi. They said he had hurt the sentiments of people in his state and of Sikhs across the country.
Reacting, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had said, “I say today with Rahul Gandhi’s brain, that I’m putting in place of my brain. If as per him Sikh Massacre never took place then as per me his father and grandmother were never assassinated, they died of normal heart attack.” The riots had followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 by her Sikh security guards.