October 26, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Jalandhar, Punjab (October 26, 2013): In an interview, that is expected to attract reactions from the political circles of India, Bathinda MP Harsimrat Badal said: “[i]t was there for anybody to tell you that the entire youth of Punjab was wiped out in the name of terrorism. What was Mr Gandhi thinking? What was Mrs Gandhi doing at that time when she was killing other people’s sons and husbands?… a place of worship which is worshipped by every Sikh…she goes, gives orders to demolish that place and kill people there. What did she think? She would get away with it scot- free?”.
Harsimrat Badal was reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s statement about Indira Gandhi’s assassination during an election rally at Churu (Rajasthan) on October 23, 2013.
Harsimrat Badal, who is also the wife of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Badal Dal President Sukhbir Badal, added: “[a]nd then when Mr Rahul’s father – after his mother paid the price for her deed – he targetedly gives instructions to finish off every Sikh, when he says that the ground shakes when a big tree falls what was he indicating? And then his goons of the likes of Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler and other in a targeted manner pull out Sikhs from their homes and in front of young children, young mothers and old mothers, their husbands, children and grandchildren are slaughtered in thousands not just one or two. Mr Rahul Gandhi does not feel their pain when he, for 30 years, shielded the perpetrators of these crimes.”
“When he (Rahul) talks about Gujarat, Muzaffarnagar, Jammu and Kashmir, why does his tongue shake when he talks about 1984 riots, when he cannot mention the mother of all these (riots), where in thousands lost their lives and it is for the world to know, he doesn’t mention that but he mentions others,” she said.
“For example in Gujarat there is a Supreme Court monitored team which is looking into it and many have gone to jail, how many Congress leaders have gone to jail? Who doesn’t know the role played by Tytler and Sajjan Kumar? (in ’84 riots),” Harsimrat Badal added.
BJP leader Lakshmi Kanta Chawla has already condemned Harsimrat Badal’s statement while saying that such statements would demoralize security forces of India.
It is notable that in June 1984 Indian army had attached various Sikh Gurdwaras including Harmandar Sahib at Amritsar. Hundreds of innocent Sikh devotees were massacred by the Indian Army in this attack that was code-named as Operation Blue Star. Indira Gandhi was assassinated by Bhai Beant Singh and Bhai Satwant Singh on 31 October 1984 for ordering the June 1984 attack. Bhai Beant Singh and Bhai Satwant Singh have been recognized as “National Sikh Martyrs” by Akal Takht and their martyrdom day is marked annually at Akal Takht Sahib.
Related Video – Harsimrat Badal’s interview with NDTV about Rahul Gandhi’s statement:
(Video Source: YouTube – NDTV)
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Related Topics: Harsimrat Badal, Indian State, Indira Gandhi, June 1984 attack on Sikhs, Rahul Gandhi