Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath resigned as the party’s general secretary in charge of Punjab on Wednesday. Interestingly, he resigned from the post which was given just two days ago. The Aam Aadmi Party, the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party accused him of involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
After his resignation, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday Congress leader Kamal Nath’s resignation from the post of party’s in-charge of Punjab affairs is a clear evidence of the fact that the massacre of Sikhs in 1984 was a very well organised and orchestrated by the grand old party and its leaders.
In an interview to Indiatoday, Kamal Nath has come out with clarification claiming that he actually tried to defuse tension during the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi.
Indiatoday reported that he wasn’t forced to resign from Congress’s Punjab in charge post and said what he did was in the interest of the party. “I don’t look at it as a sacrifice, I look at it as my duty,” Kamal Nath said.
In a letter addressed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, Kamal Nath requested her to relieve him from his duties so that the attention of the party is not diverted from the real issues such as the ‘rampant drug trade’ in Punjab.
There are reports that former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit could be appointed as the party’s Punjab in-charge.