In a scathing attack on the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Saturday said that he should be behind bars for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, June 15, he said: "Investigation will be done again so that people who have been discharged can be caught. Kamal Nath is the first sitting Chief Minister who was booked against the 1984 riots. We will go to the SIT and provide witnesses proving Kamal Nath and his role in the 1984 riots. He will be behind bars."
Kamal Nath was accused of leading a mob outside the Rakabganj gurdwara during the pogrom. It is alleged that two Sikhs were burned to death in his vicinity. His presence at the gurdwara was allegedly testified by the police and a journalist.
The Akali Dal further demanded that the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister should be arrested. Sirsa said:
"We will urge that he should be arrested. No one ever imagined that Sajjan Kumar will go to jail after 35 years. Kamal Nath is sitting relaxed, but we will make sure he will be jailed. This will be a lesson like the one who was made Chief Minister by the Congress will be jailed."
During the Lok Sabha election campaign when Congress overseas president Sam Pitroda had remarked 'Hua to Hua' on 1984 riots and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had issued a statement against him, the Akali Dal remained unimpressed saying that "it is not about Sam Pitroda" but about the Gandhi family and accused them of not apologising.
He said, "It is not about Sam Pitroda, it is about the Congress and the Gandhi family. Till date the Gandhi family has never apologised for 1984. Now Rahul Gandhi specifically says that I told Sam Pitroda, that you were wrong and you would have to apologise, secondly it is clear that he will not apologise, whatever we have done in 1984 we will stand by that."
"Rahul Gandhi is aware that his father, Rajiv Gandhi had ordered 1984 massacre. People like Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler with him. Now today if they apologise, Tytler and Kumar will open their mouth, they will say that you did it and now you're apologising," he added.