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BJP, SAD leaders were involved in 1984 riots: Former Punjab CM

Taking the debate around the 1984 anti-Sikh riots further, former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday backed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s statement on the riots issue.

Rahul had accepted that some Congress men were probably involved in the riots while also stressing that they have gone through a legal process and some of them have been punished for it.

The senior Congress leader, Amarinder Singh said that leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiromani Akali Dal were also involved in the riots. He further said that the BJP and SAD should not raise questions on the riots issue.

Following Rahul’s statement in an interview, Members of Sikh organisations protested outside the All India Congress Committee office in the heart of the national capital on Thursday demanding that Gandhi scion name the Congress leaders whom he alluded to having played a role in the 1984 riots.

Both BJP and SAD slammed Congress and said that the Gujarat administration led by Narendra Modi ensured the victims got justice while charging the Congress of denying justice to the victims of anti-Sikh violence.

Furthermore, SAD president and Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal urged the Sikh community to boycott Congress.

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