Alleging that Gujarat Chief Minister Modi has a ‘communal face’, state Congress spokesperson and former MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that the proposed 'Fateh' rally at Jagraon on February 23 should be boycotted by the people of Punjab. (Agencies)
Addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Friday, Khaira also said that BJP should be taught a lesson in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in view of its ‘anti-Punjab’ and ‘anti-Sikh’ policies.
Modi had tried to uproot more than 50,000 Sikh families from the Kutch region of Gujarat, Khaira alleged, adding, "To rub salt into the wounds of Sikh farmers, (the Gujarat CM) is now organizing the 'Fateh' rally in Punjab.”
Although the Sikh farmers had won their case in Ahmedabad High Court, Modi had approached Supreme Court to oppose any relief to them, Khaira added.
Meanwhile, talking about Operation Bluestar, Khaira further charged that senior BJP leaders LK Advani and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had played a vital role in pressuring then prime minister Indira Gandhi to order the military strike at Golden Temple.
In support of his allegations, Khaira then displayed pictures of Advani leading a protest march in Delhi in May, 1984, urging Indira Gandhi to send the Army to Punjab.
Operation Bluestar had taken place in June, 1984.
Khaira also cited excerpts from Advani's book, 'My Country My Life' to support his allegations.
"One of the major mass agitations in the history of BJP was launched in the first week of May, 1984, when we undertook a 10-day satyagraha against the government's 'virtual surrender' before (Jarnail Singh) Bhindranwale and his private army who had made the Golden Temple their operational headquarters," Khaira quoted from Advani's book.
The Congress spokesman further said that, "I question (BJP ally, Shiromani Akali Dal) as to what victory ('Fateh') has the party achieved that it requires a rally to eulogize Modi?”
"Is the rally to celebrate the eviction of 50,000 Sikh farmers from Gujarat by Modi or is to celebrate the role of Vajpayee, Advani and others in pressuring the government to order Operation Bluestar?" Kharia said.
Alleging that Gujarat Chief Minister Modi has a ‘communal face’, state Congress spokesperson and former MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that the proposed 'Fateh' rally at Jagraon on February 23 should be boycotted by the people of Punjab.