Amritsar, Apr 4 UNI | 4 months ago

The Shiromani Akali Dal today asked the Amritsar Congress candidate for Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh to 'categorically' state his revised opinion on Indira Gandhi and her armed assault on Harmandir Sahib in June 1984.

'It has become necessary for the people to know Captain Singh's stand because he has shocked everyone by his painful defence of Gandhi's white paper on Operation Bluestar.

'Can you condemn Bluestar and praise the White Paper that justifies it?' asked Harcharan Bains the SAD General Secretary and party's principal media spokesperson here.

'The White Paper completely justifies the demolition of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib and other atrocities committed during the army assault. It denies any damage to the holy structures, including Harmandir Sahib and Sri Akal Takhat Sahib. It does not even deem it necessary to use 'Sri' and 'Sahib' with the name of the highest seat of Sikh religio-temporal authority, he added. MORE

The Paper puts the entire blame for this tragedy on the Sikh community and even paints them as separatists," said Mr Bains.

"We all know Captain Sahib resigned seemingly in protest against this brutal assault. Therefore, his justification of the version of Gandhi is shocking and hard to digest," said Mr Bains.

The SAD General Secretary said the former chief minister's description of the "white paper" as 'sacrosanct' amounts to calling the attack itself holy.

"We are sure Captain Sahib knows that only one of the two can be called holy - Harmandar Sahib or its aggressors. You cannot go to seek the blessings of Sach Khand Sri Darbar Sahib and at the same time justify the demolition of Sri Akal Takhat and the assault which hurt the Sikh minds too deeply for words," he said.

The Akali General Secretary further said Captain Singh may not know it, but everyone can see that he has been sent here to get a clean chit for Gandhi's action.

Mr Bains said the SAD on its own was reluctant to raise any issue that reminds people of their deep wounds and revives bitter memories of June 1984.

"But Captain Singh has himself brought Operation Bluestar on the centre stage merely to get an endorsement for it from the people of Amritsar. If anyone one had any doubts about why he is here, he has himself removed those by justifying Ms Gandhi's bundle of lies against the Sikhs contained in the white paper on this tragic and utterly foolish attack on Darbar Sahib," he concluded.

(Posted on 04-04-2014)