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Kejriwal pays tribute to Indira, next day remembers victims of Sikh genocide

NEW DELHI— Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal took entirely contradictory stands during the last two days in terms of the genocide of the Sikhs in India.

On October 31, he tweeted, “My tributes to our former Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi ji on her death anniversary”. The next day, he tweeted, “Tribute to the martyrdom of thousands of innocents who lost their lives in the November 1984 Sikh Genocide…What happened in the name of justice in 36 years is insufficient…Our government will continue to strive for the upliftment of affected families.”  

Tweeting contradictory views has brought up questions on his double face character because Gandhi launched the Sikh genocide in India by attacking Sri Harmandar Sahib, the holiest Sikh shrine in Amritsar Sahib, and massacred scores of innocent devotees there. Prior to this, she tried her best to weaken Sikhs by looting the river waters of Punjab in violation of the Indian constitution and excluded Punjab speaking areas and capital Chandigarh from Punjab.

Her son Rajiv Gandhi who became her successor after her assassination was the man under whose patronage, thousands of the Sikhs were massacred brutally and Sikh women were raped by Hindu mobs in Indian national capital Delhi and other places of India. On the massacre, Rajiv said, “When a big tree falls, the earth shakes”.

Kejriwal’s tweets are turning out to be a hot topic in the politics of Punjab and various political leaders are slamming Kejriwal for his dual standards.

Bholath MLA and Punjabi Ekta Party (PEP) leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira said, “The mockery also has limits, Arvind Kejriwal ji! You are paying tribute to both murderers and victims. Yesterday you paid tribute to Indira Gandhi and today expressed sympathy for thousands of Sikhs killed in Delhi keeping in view of his benefits and losses. [The] common man (Kejriwal) has now become a clever man”.

“What a shameless, spineless and insensitive person. Yesterday he paid tribute to the killer of innocent Sikhs Indira Gandhi. Today to cover up, he paid tribute to the victims of 1984 Sikh Carnage”, said Manjinder Singh Sirsa, president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), in a Facebook post.

Actually, Kejriwal’s first tweet drew ire as Indira is considered a villain in Punjab and Sikhs. As the AAP is the main opposition party in Punjab, its leaders are facing jibes from the people of Punjab and rival politicians other than Congressmen. To control the damage, the AAP patriarch seemed to have posted a tribute to the victims of the Sikh genocide.

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