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BJP Cites Nanavati Commission Probe Into 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots, Says "instructions To Kill Came Directly From Then PM Rajiv Gandhi’s Office"

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:


  • BJP accused former PM Rajiv Gandhi of 'killing its own citizens'
  • A day back, PM Narendra Modi accused the Gandhi family of using the Indian Navy's former flagship INS Viraat  (now decommissioned) as their 'personal taxi'

The BJP has raked up the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots, making a unrestrained allegations against the former late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, by accusing him of dictating the genocide that killed around 10,000 people of the community, citing the Nanavati Commission. 

The ghost of the Anti-Sikh massacre has returned to haunt the Congress party, specifically the Rajiv Gandhi tenure, as the BJP has blamed the Rajiv Gandhi government of "killing its own citizens" furthermore alleging that the instructions came directly from the then Prime Minister's Office.  

The tweet read: 

It’s on record of Nanavati Commission that probed the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the biggest genocide of India in which the government killed its own citizens, that instructions to kill came directly from the then PM Rajiv Gandhi’s office.The country awaits justice for this karma.

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BJP National Secretary RP Singh called it a "strategy of the Congress party"

He said, "He was the mastermind behind the killing, (unclear) election, which was won by targeting minority votes, minorities in the country. They killed 4000-5000 people in Delhi itself. I am saying he did it. It was part of the strategy of the Congress party." 

Reiterating the allegation, the lawyer of the Anti-Sikh riot victims, HS Phoolka stated that the evidence has been placed on records on the Nanavati Commission of Rajiv Gandhi's involvement, furthermore claiming how the Army was kept on standby.  

He said, "In 1984 when the Sikhs were getting killed, the instructions were coming directly from the Prime Minister's Office. The Army was not called, it was on the instructions from the Prime Minister's Office. We have placed the evidence on records on the Nanavati Commission."

A day before, PM Narendra Modi accused the Gandhi family of using the Indian Navy's former flagship INS Viraat  (now decommissioned) as their "personal taxi". Claiming that the Nehru-Gandhi family has misused and insulted the INS Viraat after former PM Rajiv Gandhi used the warship to bring his in-laws for their vacation at an island. 

"Congress' naamdaar family had misused the pride of the country, INS Viraat, like its personal taxi. They had insulted it. This incident is of that time when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of the country and they had gone out on vacation for 10 days. During that time, INS Viraat was stationed to guard the maritime boundaries, but it was sent to bring the Gandhi family who were going on vacation. After that, INS Viraat had stopped at a special island with their entire family. It was there for 10 days. Among those who were holidaying with Rajiv Gandhi were his in-laws," PM Modi said. 

On May 6, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also challenged the Congress president Rahul Gandhi to fighting the Lok Sabha 2019 elections in the name of former PM and his father Rajiv Gandhi. 

In an open challenge at Congress, PM Modi demanded Congress leaders to contest the elections in the name of former PM Rajiv Gandhi in Delhi, Punjab and Bhopal, citing the Bofors deal scam, 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. 

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"Few days ago, I had called out the deeds of a member of the 'naamdar' family. These people (Congress) have been abusing the Prime Minister and his family. I only reminded about the earlier Bofors scam. I only said that and a tsunami came. Some people cried really hard over what I said. When you did not adhere to the limitations of the post of Prime Minister, you abused the post, I only said one thing - it stung you like a scorpion. The more these people will cry, the more people of this generation will become aware of their truths. How a family looted and destroyed the country in the 20th century, the youth of the 21st century should know," PM Modi said.

In the past week, PM Modi resurrected history by bringing up Rajiv Gandhi and his Prime Ministerial tenure, first by calling him 'Corrupt No. 1', which was condemned by their own saffron ally, Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, along with parties in Opposition, and the entire Congress fraternity.