The newly appointed Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath makes the mockery out of the 1984 anti-Sikh witnesses while addressing a press conference.
Questioned about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots allegations against him, a smug Kamal Nath in return imposed a question saying, "Has the eye-witness told you?"
Shadowed by the 1984 riots, Congress leader Kamal Nath swore-in as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, after the incumbent Shivraj Singh Chauhan.
In a victorious moment with a step towards justice over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's earlier acquittal by a trial court was reversed on Monday as he was held guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the violence. Following this, the community and political leaders' attention has turned towards others from the party who were alleged to have been involved, notably Kamal Nath who is scheduled to be sworn in as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister later on the day.
While clearly welcoming the conviction, a number of leaders and members of the Sikh community, including the Akali Dal, have also sought similar action against other Congress leaders who were allegedly involved, with union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal saying: "Out of the three, one is in prison, and the other is being sworn in as Chief Minister" - the latter a clear reference to Kamal Nath who has been embroiled in a furor over his alleged role in the 1984 riots, following the announcement that he will be the CM of Madhya Pradesh.
That other Congress leaders were involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots was something that had been conceded by party president Rahul Gandhi in an interview to Arnab Goswami in 2014, the transcript of which went as follows:
Arnab Goswami: Would you apologise for the 1984 riots? Were Congressmen involved?
Rahul Gandhi: Some Congressmen probably were involved
Arnab Goswami: You admit some Congressmen probably were involved?
Rahul Gandhi: Some Congressmen have been punished for it.