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Harsimrat blames Congress for attack on Sikh community

A day after AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi addressed a rally in Bathinda, SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday blamed the Gandhi family for attack on the Golden Temple and anti-Sikh riots in 1984.

“They (Rahul and Priyanka) are now talking about sacrilege issues, but have they forgotten what their grandmother and father did to the Sikh community? Their grandmother attacked the Golden Temple and their father Rajiv Gandhi killed a number of innocent Sikhs in Delhi in 1984. Even Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh took a false oath by holding the Gutka Sahib in his hand. He accused five Congress men for the anti-Sikh riots, but never gave any statement before any commission to investigate the riots. They are all politicising the issue to get votes. However, I appeal to Waheguru ji to give such a punishment to those behind sacrilege incidents and those politicising it that nobody even thinks to do it in future,” said Harsimrat, while campaigning in the Lambi Assembly segment on Wednesday.

She also accused Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring of “giving” communal speeches and termed him an “outsider”. About Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s statement regarding denial of ticket at the behest of Capt Amrinder Singh and Asha Kumari, she said, “The Congress men keep fighting with each other. They run after each other.”

In an attempt to establish an emotional link with residents of Lambi, she said, “You people are like our family, who have made Badal Sahib (Parkash Singh Badal) Chief Minister for five times and made me a Union minister by giving a huge lead of votes from here.” Comedians Bhotu Shah and Bhajna Amli enthralled the public before Harsimrat’s public meetings in all villages.

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