Badal's question Congress sincerity on 1984 anti Sikh riots

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Amritsar, Nov 21 (UNI) The father and son duo of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president, Sukhbir Badal (MP) today rebuked AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi on his remark that those responsible for the anti Sikh riots of 1984 should be punished.

" The Congress only thinks about punishment when assembly elections are being held or when a Lok Sabha poll is round the corner", the Chief Minister said while talking to mediapersons here.

The statement by Rahul Gandhi was made just to win the sympathy in the states where assembly plls are being held, the elder Badal said. " The Congress has never been sincere to punish those involved in the riots", he claimed.

The Chief Minister said that the sincerity of the Congress could be judged from the fact that its election manifesto for the Delhi elections was released by none other than Jagdish Tytler, who had been named in various reports instituted to probe the Delhi riots.

Moreover the Congress has given tickets in Delhi to a number of persons who were involved in the 1984 riots, he claimed.

The Chief Minister predicted that the BJP-SAD alliance would win the Delhi polls and Sikh voters would vote against the Congress.

SAD chief Sukhbir Badal too questioned the sincerity of the Congress and the Gandhi family visavis punishing those involved the riots, which were enginered by the Congress party.

Questioned about 'Hindu terrorism", Mr Sukhbir Badal said that his party was against all forms of terror. " We do not support any form of terror and the BJP too is against this", he added.

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