Badals are `playing to the gallery` on Sikh riots: Congress

Accusing SAD MP Harsimrat Badal for allegedly "playing to the gallery" on the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, two Congress MPs on Saturday said that the entire Badal clan was attempting to "outdo each other on political front".

Chandigarh: Accusing Shiromani Akali Dal MP
Harsimrat Kaur Badal for allegedly "playing to the gallery" on
the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, two Congress MPs on Saturday said
that the entire Badal clan was attempting to "outdo each other
on political front".

"There is a competition within the entire Badal family to
outdo each other on political front," Punjab Congress MPs
Partap Singh Bajwa and Ravneet Singh Bittu told a joint press
conference here.
Gurdaspur MP Bajwa alleged that "Badals are playing to
the gallery... They are doing politics on those who were dead
in the riots."

"On one hand Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal showers
praises on Prime Minister for his relentless service to the
Sikhs, on the other his daughter-in-law Harsimrat opposes the
same UPA Government at the Centre," he said.

The Congress MPs strongly condemned the accusation of
Akalis that Harsimrat was obstructed by party MPs from Punjab
on the issue of justice to 1984 riots victims.

"The entire Congress MPs are one on the issue and are in
favour of justice for the 84 riots victims," Bajwa said.

Referring to the CBI closing investigations on Congress
leader Jagdish Tytler, Bajwa said "Supreme Court can always
be approached in this matter."
"Even the Prime Minister had once sought an apology on
the floor of the House on the issue," the MPs said, while
appealing the Akali and BJP MPs from Punjab to be united on
issues concerning the state.

The 1984 anti-Sikh riots had rocked Parliament with Akali
Dal using the recent CBI clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish
Tytler to accuse the Centre of orchestrating the acquittal of
its leaders.

PTI