Party tries to distance itself from the two controversial leaders whose name figures in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984
The Hush Post: In an event that can eclipse Congress’ hunger strike, controversial party leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar –both of them accused of instigating anti-Sikh riots in 1984 after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Ganghi– were sent back from the Congress’ hunger strike venue, Rajghat, on Monday morning.
It turned out to be a big embarrassment for Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar who probably had come to participate in the daylong hunger strike by the party to protest against the alleged atrocities against the Dalit persons who had participated in the April 2 Bharat Bandh. The Congress has given this call to protest against the action taken by the Modi government against the Dalit organisations for taking part in April 2 Bharat Bandh that had been organised to protest Supreme Court’s verdict on the SC/ST Act.
The Congress apparently realised that the presence of Tytler and Sajjan Kumar may eclipse the hunger strike by the party. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken politely took away both Tytler and Sajjan Kumar who had reached the hunger strike venue and on the stage, a report aired by News 18 stated.
When the media persons asked Tytler why he was going back, he said he had come to just meet Maken and did not intend to participate in the hunger strike. He said was going back on his own and had not been asked by anyone to leave. Talking to the media persons Tytler said that there was no FIR or case against him regarding the 1984 riots. He said that his name had been cleared by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) thrice in this matter.
Meanwhile Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA H.S. Phoolka has termed this episode a drama by the Congress party.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has also criticised the Congress over this issue. Senior SAD leader and former Punjab Cabinet minister Daljeet Singh Cheema has said if the Congress wanted to disassociate itself from Tytler and Sajjan Kumar whyit does not expel them from party.