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Two Punjab Congress Mp's Face Sikh Ire For 'intrrupting' Sad Mp On 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Issue

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Two Punjab Congress MP's face Sikh ire for 'intrrupting' SAD MP on 1984 anti-Sikh riots issue

Satinder Bains

Sunday, 02 May 2010

Partap Bajwa says, Harsimrat plays 'politics on dead bodies'

CHANDIGARH: Two Congress members of Parliament from Punjab-Partap Singh Bajwa and Ravneet Singh Bittu faced the ire of Sikh community for intrupting SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal while she was speaking on the floor of house against giving clean chit to Jagdish Tytler allegedly involved in 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Sewa Singh Sekhwan Punjab Information minister has alleged that Bajwa has tried to stop Harsimrat from raising the voice against killers of Sikhs in Delhi after the assassination of late PM Indira Gandhi. The action of Bajwa was indeed seen by people during direct telecast of Parliament proceedings.

Fearing backlash in the Sikh community, Bajwa alongwith Bittu have been trying to defend themselves and rebutted the allegations. Bajwa said that Harsimrat Kaur was trying to play 'politics on dead bodies' (of Sikhs). "We were not trying to stop her", Bjawa claimed in Chandigarh.

Both MPs said they had only stood up and raised their hands to take time to speak on the issue. Challenging Harsimrat and the SAD to prove them wrong, the MPs said if it was so proved, they were ready to resign their membership.

“However, Harsimrat must also resign from the Lok Sabha if we are proved right”, Partap Singh Bajwa added.

Sewa Singh Sekhwan, has claimed that both MPs had betrayed the people of the state by trying to please their political masters when Harsimrat was protesting against the “letting off” of former Minister Jagdish Tytler in cases relating to the 1984 riots.

Partap Bajwa claimed that Harsimrat did not try to make any point while raising the issue during question hour but tried to play to the gallery by riding on emotion rather than facts. Bajwa said that if she is sincere she should raise the issue with PM Dr.Manmohan Singh rather than taking it up in Lok Sabha.

Sekhwan has went to an extent calling Sikh community to socially boycott two MP's who have no concern for the wounds of Sikhs. The issue may become an election issue in the next assembly elections putting Congress in bad shade in the Sikh community. Bajwa is reportedly trying to grab post of PPCC president. He is lobbying strongly in the party forums for the state presisdent's post.

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