Congress protecting 1984 riot culprits: PM Narendra Modi

Gurdaspur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the Congress of protecting those involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying such leaders were even rewarded with the chief minister’s post. The jibe, apparently directed at Kamal Nath, the new Madhya Pradesh chief minister, came during a rally where he also charged the opposition party of “deceiving” farmers with loan waiver promises.

Kamal Nath has in the past denied such allegations over the riots, saying he had nothing to do with them. The planned corridor between a gurdwara in Gurdaspur and a Sikh shrine in Kartarpur, just a few kilometres across the border with Pakistan, also figured in the address.

Modi said the entire country had waited for justice for the past 35 years and wanted Congress leaders to be punished for it. “Even today, this demand is there,” he said. He alleged “files” on such culprits were kept under wraps on the suggestion of “one family”, an apparent reference to the Gandhis.

Modi also attacked the Congress for charging him with corruption in the Rafale deal with France for 36 military aircraft, saying the party was “spreading lies” to weaken the defence forces. He said the country needed to be wary of the Congress, claiming its history had been the glorification of “one family”.

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