June 15, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh claimed that Congress leader Kamal Nath was a “nobel and good” man. He maintained that the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Aam Aadmi Party were playing “cheap politics” in blaming Kamal Nath for something he had no role in. He was addressing a press conference in Chandigarh on June 14.
Kamal Nath is suspected for triggered violence against Sikhs during Sikh genocide in November 1984 and he is recently appointed as incharge of Punjab Congress.
Amarinder Singh who had hardly secured presidentship of Punjab Congress is out on forefront to defend the choice of his party’s high command.
Capt. Amarinder said that there was a “public perception” about Kamal Nath’s involvement November 1984 violence against Sikhs. He said that Kamal Nath was exonerated Indian judges like Justice Rangnath Mishra and Justice Nanavati.
Punjab Congress chief had earlier another defended Sikh genocide suspect Jagdish Tytler. He maintianed that Kamal Nath’s name was deliberately dragged by HS Phoolka into the controversy in 2006, but he was exonerated by the Justice Nanavati Commission, which had been constituted by the BJP led NDA government.
Earlier, Capt Amarinder added, Justice Rangnath Mishra Commission made no mention of Kamal Nath about his alleged involvement in the riots.
Capt. Amarinder maintained that he had met victims of the November 1984 violence against Sikhs in Delhi, soon after the massacres of 1984 but “no body named Kamal Nath”. He asked that why would someone spare Kamal Nath if he was involved while the victims had named HKL Bhagat, Dharam Dass Shastri, Lalit Maken, Arjan Dass and Sajjan Kumar.
Capt Amarinder said, Mr Phoolka produced two witnesses Mukhtiar Singh and Ajaib Singh before the Nanavati Commission in 2006, after 22 years of the riots. Besides, Sanjay Suri, a journalist also presented himself before the Nanavati Commission. But the versions of Mukhtiar Sigh and Ajaib Singh contradicted with that of Suri and Nanavati Commission, constituted by the BJP led NDA government, exonerated him.
The former Chief Minister said, Mr Kamal Nath was the General Secretary in charge of Delhi in 1998 when Ms Shiela Dixit formed the government. The local bodies were also swept by the Congress under Mr Kamal Nath’s stewardship. This could not be possible without the support of Sikhs. No Sikh in Delhi ever complained against him, except Mr Phoolka, he claimed.
Referring to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s criticism of Mr Kamal Nath, Capt Amarinder said, it was characteristic of his double standards and double face. ‘Till now, never did Mr Badal, or any Badla Dal leader, doubt Kamal Nath’s credentials, rather he always enjoyed a bonhomie with him and also defended him and now certainly he has woken up to the charges that he was involved in the crime against Sikhs’, he said, while adding, when Mr Nath was a minister, CM Badal was a frequent visitor to his office.
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