Kamal Nath's appointment as Punjab in-charge lands Congress in controversy
(2 years ago)
New Delhi, June 13 : At a time when the Congress strives to recuperate from the recent electoral thrashing in few states and perform better in the upcoming hustings in several other, the appointment of senior leader Kamal Nath as in-charge of the party's Punjab affairs has landed it in a massive controversy.
Terming the appointment as the ultimate insult to Sikhs, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said, This comes on the eve of Rahul Gandhis visit to Punjab. It is an unbelievably brazen act of insensitivity towards Sikhs.
I just cannot believe a political party can be so brutally insensitive to the sentiments of the Sikh community, he said.
Punjab goes to Assembly polls next year and the Congress mulls all possible moves to put up a good showing in the state with partys vice president Rahul Gandhi initiating the move by leading a protest in Jalandharon Mondayagainst drug menace.
Along with Kamal Nath, Ghulam Nabi Azad has been appointed as in-charge of party affairs in Uttar Pradesh, another poll-bound state that Congress keeps its hopes alive for.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also attacked the Congress over the appointment of Kamal Nath and asked Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh if he has absolved the Congress veteran for his alleged involvement in 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Kejriwal tweeted: Capt Amrinder shud state his stand on Kamal Nath. Does Capt absolve Kamal Nath?
Kejriwal also questioned Centres move to reopen 75 cases of anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and some other states saying BJP has set up SIT (Special Investigation Team) only to prevent AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) from forming an effective SIT.
He tweeted: Reopen cases now? What did they do in one n a half years? BJP set up SIT only 2 prevent AAP from formin effective SIT.
AAP is set to contest assembly polls in Punjab, the first time.
A total of 3,325 people were killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots across the country following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Congress state party chief Captain Amrinder Singh has, however, welcomed the appointment of Kamal Nath and claimed that he needed an experienced hand in Punjab.
Singh claimed that Nath had no role in the 1984 riots and that his name was dragged into the riots during his visit to the US in 2010.
Nath was given the charge after Shakeel Ahmed, party in-charge of Punjab and Haryana, went abroad on a two-month leave to attend to his ailing wife.