November 16, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi, India (November 16, 2013): It is learnt that the Congress party has decided to field son of former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar, an accused in November 1984 Sikh carnage related cases, from the South Delhi constituency of Sangam Vihar.
It is notable that in 2009, Congress had allotted tickets for Indian Parliamentary (Lok Sabha) elections to Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. The decision had sparked strong resentment from the Sikhs and a Sikh journalist named Jarnail Singh had through his shoe towards then Indian Home Minister P. Chidambram in protest against the decision of his party to allot tickets to the killers of the Sikhs. Soon after that the Congress had withdrawn candidature of Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler.
According to media reports the family connections have yet again influenced ticket distribution as is evident from the list of sons, wives, and brothers of controversial Congress leaders who have been chosen by the party to contest in the upcoming assembly elections
Describing the decision to give Sajjan Kumar’s son Jagparvesh Kumar an assembly ticket as a ‘betrayal’ by the Congress party, senior Supreme Court advocate Harvinder Singh Phoolka, who is representing victims in the Novemeber 1984 carnage related cases said, “The Congress does not care about the sentiments of the victims. And though the Congress has said that it has denied tickets to those guilty of November 1984 carnage, it is not true.”
“It is rewarding family members. It is purely because of Sajjan Kumar [that his family is getting tickets]. Earlier his (Sajjan Kumar’s) brother was given a ticket and he became an MP and now his son has been given a ticket for the assembly elections,” Advocate Phoolka reportedly said.
Sajjan Kumar is one of the prime accused of November 1984 Sikh genocide, who has enjoyed state patronage and high political seats in Indian setup for last 29 years.
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