A controversy was witnessed at Rahul Gandhi's 'Unity Rally' in New Delhi on Monday as 1984 riots-accused Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar were allegedly asked to leave the stage shortly before the Congress president was to arrive at the venue.
The event, which entails a day-long fast to promote communal harmony at Rajghat, witnessed Tytler leaving the stage which was full of senior Congress leaders but not leaving the venue itself.
When asked about the matter, Tytler refused to answer Republic TV's questions at first but did state that Ajay Maken hadn't asked him to leave and that no one could do so.
"Maken will never speak things like this", Tytler said when asked whether the Delhi Congress chief asked him to leave. On the other hand, he had asked Maken when Rahul Gandhi was to arrive, he said.
"I've spent 40 years with the Congress party. Sitting with them is no embarrassment"
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal took came down on the Congress heavily over Tytler's presence, writing:
"What we are seeing in Rajghat is no fast, it is only a FARCE! Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, who butchered thousands of Sikhs in 1984 attending a farcical “fast” for unity and harmony! What a joke!"
Tytler is one of those named as being an organiser of the anti-Sikh riots in the Nanavati Commission report into the immediate aftermath of the then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination on October 31, 1984.
As per official figures, 2,732 people are said to have died in the riots.