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BLUESTAR ROW: BADAL, SUKHBIR SLAMS INDIRA GANDHI

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal, who is also president of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), have slammed the Congress over its then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi seeking help from the British government in February 1984 for flushing out Sikh extremists from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, as revealed by the documents that were declassified two days back in London.

Speaking at Muktsar SAD patron Badal said it was unfortunate that the British government had helped the Indian government to launch a major military offensive against innocent people during the Operation Bluestar in June 1984. He assailed the Congress for the barbaric attack on Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), which not only hurt the sentiments of Sikhs but also exposed the party stooping too low to shatter ethos of humanity.

"This startling revelation, regarding Operation Bluestar, has once again exposed the anti-Sikh stance of Congress. This action has inflicted a deep wound on the psyche of Sikhs, which has left its imprint forever. This act is highly condemnable. Punjabis in general and the Sikhs in particular can never forgive the Congress for this," said Badal.

Sukhbir described the then Congress-led government's move as extremely unfortunate and shameful. "It proves that Congress was desperate to devastate the holiest shrine of Sikhs at the cost of sacrificing internal security of the nation. We can gauge the credentials of Congress from the approach adopted by Indira Gandhi since our great martyrs and freedom fighters fought a relentless freedom struggle against slavery and atrocities inflicted upon Indians by the British. It was very unfortunate that the then Congress PM sought assistance from the British to attack the sacred Golden Temple," he said.
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