Kicking a storm, Swami says while his stand on 1984 riots is that these riots were genocide but AAP leader HS Phoolka does not agree to this
Sharat K Verma, The Hush Post: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swami kicked a storm on Monday in Amritsar by saying that hardliner Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale, who was his (Swami’s) friend, never demanded Khalistan. Swami also said that while his stand on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots is that these were genocide but Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) –who as a lawyer has been contesting the cases of victims of 1984 riots– does not agree to this.
Subramanian Swami made this statement while attending a function in Amritsar on Monday. The BJP leader said that hardliner Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale was his friend and he had never demanded Khalisant –a separate state for Sikhs. Swami said that but Bhindrawale had said if it (Khalistan) was given to the Sikhs, the community would not refuse it, a report aired by News 18 TV channel said on Monday.
About 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Swami said his stand on this matter was that these riots were genocide but AAP leader HS Phoolka, who as a Supreme Court lawyer has been contesting the cases for the 1984 riot victims, does not agree to this (that 1984 riots were genocide).
The BJP leader said that the military action on the Golden Temple was a conspiracy hatched by Comrade Harkishan Singh Surjit with the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
Swami said that he was in favour of complete unity and integrity of India and at international level he would keep opposing creation of Khalistan.
Meanwhile, Virsa Singh Valtoha, spokesman of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) –the alliance partner of BJP– said in a statement that Swami had not spoken the full truth. “It is true that Bhindrawale had said that he will not demand Khalistan but the day Indian Army enters the holy shrine of Golden Temple, the foundation of Khalistan would be laid,” Valtoha said.
Valtoha said that the SAD was also for the unity and integrity of India but at the same time the Government of India also be serious enough for the issues concerning the Sikh community. He said that no Sikh can forget the Operation Blue Star and 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He said that other issues concerning Punjab and Sikhs are carving out the Punjabi-speaking areas out of Punjab, not giving Chandigarh to Punjab and giving water of Punjab to other non-riparian states.