Chandigarh: After giving a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler with regard to the 1984 genocide, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee president Amarinder Singh has now gone a step ahead and given the same to the newly appointed incharge of Congress Punjab affairs, Kamal Nath.
Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday, he accused the Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party of playing cheap politics by blaming Kamal Nath for something he had no role in. Answering a question about public perception behind Kamal Nath’s involvement in ’84 genocide, Amarinder said that it be based on truth and not myth. He also said that Kamal Nath’s name was deliberately dragged by HS Phoolka in 2006 into the controversy and the Justice Nanavati Commission constituted by the BJP-led NDA government, exonerated him.
Countering Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s criticism of Kamal Nath, Amarinder said that till now never did Badal or any Akali leader doubted Kamal Nath’s credentials, rather he always enjoyed bonhomie with him. He also said that when Nath was minister, Badal was a frequent visitor to his office, what makes him accuse Nath of involvement in riots now.
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A few days ago, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee president Amarinder Singh on his stand on Tytler’s involvement in 1984 massacre said that the riots started on October 31 and next day he went to Delhi to meet the victims of riots and stayed there till Novermber 4. According to him, nobody named Tytler but took names of HKL Bhagat, Dharam Dass Shastri, Lalit Makan, Arjan Dass and Sajjan Kumar. He repeated the same story on being asked about Kamal Nath’s alleged involvement in the riots. He asked why would the victims not name him if he was involved?
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