Angered by the inclusion of Jagdish Tytler in the Congress panel, Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal has said that he is looking forward to the upcoming Punjab assembly. Sessions will present a motion calling for Tytler’s arrest. He has announced that his party will also demand action against the Gandhi family, at whose behest the 1984 Sikh massacre (1984 anti-Sikh riots) was perpetrated. Jagdish Tytler, accused of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has recently been permanently invited to the Delhi Congress.
Akali Dal to present resolution demanding Tytler’s arrest
Tytler made permanent invitee to Congress
On October 28, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has nominated Jagdish Tytler as a permanent invitee to the Delhi Congress. Apart from them, former Union Ministers Ajay Maken, Kapil Sibal and Krishna Tirath, along with former MPs Sandeep Dixit and Kirti Azad are also permanent invitees. The opposition has condemned the move. BJP, Aam Aadmi Party and Akali Dal have lodged a strong protest over the issue.
Akali Dal spokesperson Manjinder Singh Sirsa has accused the Congress of not caring for the Sikh community. She said, “This is how she wants to put salt in the wounds of Sikhs by appointing Jagdish Tytler, the prime perpetrator and mastermind of the Sikh genocide, as a permanent invitee to the Delhi Congress. Priyanka Gandhi goes to Uttar Pradesh, but cares about Punjab and its people.” doesn’t.”
Similarly, BJP IT chief Amit Malviya asked, “Sikh life doesn’t matter to the Congress party? Is Punjab listening? Sidhu had confessed that he had barely survived the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and now he Feel proud to be a Congress leader?” AAP MLA Baljinder Kaur has also asked Channi and Sidhu to clarify their stand.
Tytler and the 1984 Riots
Former Union minister Jagdish Tytler has been facing charges for the past three decades for his alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Along with Sajjan Kumar, he was accused of being involved in the anti-Sikh riots after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. Sajjan Kumar has been convicted for the murder of five Sikhs in Delhi. Although none of the charges against Tytler have been proven yet, the Nanavati Commission did indicate his role in the riots. Amidst all this, he was inducted as a minister in the UPA government. During the second term of the UPA government, the CBI had given a clean chit to Tytler, but the closure report was dismissed and an inquiry into his role was ordered. At present, the Supreme Court is hearing 198 cases of anti-Sikh riots that have been closed by the CBI.