Kamal Nath’s ‘role in ’84 riots’ leads to debate in Punjab Assembly

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Chandigarh, Dec. 14, 2018: The Congress’s clearance to the appointment of Kamal Nath as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister despite his alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, rocked the second day of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha session here on Friday.

After the SAD leader took Kamal Nath’s name, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra claimed that the Congress veteran had no hand in the 1984 riots. He flashed his mobile phone showing a picture of Parkash Singh Badal facilitating Kamal Nath.

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Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said it was wrong to take Kamal Nath’s name and that they should let the law take its own course. He said for 10 years no one took Kamal Nath’s name.

SAD chief Sukhbir Badal credited the Narendra Modi government for giving justice to the victims of the 1984 riots.  The issue saw the treasury benches engage in a heated argument with the opposition.

SAD MLAs staged a walkout while raising slogans against Kamal Nath, Sajjan Kumar, and Jagdish Tytler.

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Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP said Congress was rubbing salt into the wounds of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.

AAP alleged that Kamal Nath’s name figured prominently for leading a group to attack Sikhs in 1984 following the assassination of Indira Gandhi. AAP leader and Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema, reminded Congress that how the party had to roll back the decision of appointing Nath as in-charge of its Punjab unit in 2016.

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 Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said, “35 years later this thing is being brought up. There is no case against him, there is no FIR against him. He has not been charge-sheeted. Yet every time Kamal Nath-ji’s name comes up, there is a slur campaign.”
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