Gidderbaha: At a time when Sikhs across the world are observing 32nd anniversary of the anti-Sikh riots which took place in 1984 with strong demand of punishment to the culprits, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring has stirred a hornet’s nest for wearing a t-shirt with slain Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s photograph along with a message ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam.’
Warring’s political opponents and those who lost their kin in that bloody episode are terming it the Congress leader’s gesture of rubbing salt into their wounds. Interestingly, dozens of huge hoardings have also been put up in Gidderbaha assembly area, which Raja Warring represents in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, showing him “The biggest traitor of Sikh community.”
The hoardings don’t carry the names of printer and publisher but a huge photograph of damaged Akal Takht (clicked post Operation Bluestar) has been placed on it which draws the eyeballs of all passerbys.
On the other hand, Warring, while speaking to Daily Post, claimed: “I am a true Sikh and have deep regards for the community.”
“Whereas the matter of 1984 anti-Sikh riots is concerned, I strongly demand punishment for the culprits of riots but at the same time I clarify that I am just like other Congress activists who respect the Gandhi family. So, wearing the t-shirt with Indira Ji’s photograph and the slogan is just a gesture of paying tribute to the former prime minister, who was assassinated on October 31, 1984,” said the IYC chief.
Warring’s closest political rival, the Shiromani Akali Dal’s constituency in-charge Hardeep Singh Dimpy Dhillon, termed it a gruesome act of the MLA.
“We are all pained over that unforgettable episode happened 32 years back and Sikhs settled across the world are demanding justice for those killed in that bloodshed. At this time, making a public appearance with the photograph of the former PM on whose direction it all took place reflects his feelings towards the Sikhs who suffered irreparable loss.”
“I also responsibly state that wearing the t-shirt with Indira Gandhi’s photo, for her being the leader of his party, could be acceptable but boasting “Maa Tujhe Salaam” printing on that shows that he salutes her for her action that had given non-healing wounds to the Sikh populace,” said Dhillon.
The SAD leader, however, denied being behind the installation of the hoardings projecting Warring as a traitor of Sikh community, stating: “I have seen the photographs on Facebook but I have no involvement in the installation of such boards.”
IYC president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring has included himself in the list of those who are considered as enemies of the Sikhs. By eulogizing Indira Gandhi who committed the sin by desecrating Darbar Sahib, Warring has touched a new low. Time and again it’s proven that Congress leaders in Punjab are nothing but durbans of Gandhi Darbar. If he (Warring) literally means what’s inscribed on T-shirt, then I have no doubt that his conscience is no more.”Kanwar Pal Singh,spokesman, Dal Khalsa
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