Rahul Gandhi reaches Punjab; Cong picks Kamal Nath as Punjab incharge, BJP-SAD point to '84 taint

| Monday, June 13, 2016 - 16:02
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New Delhi: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Monday has reached the city of Jalandhar in Punjab, to lead a protest against the drug menace in the state.
“Will join the mass protest in Jalandhar on Monday, 13th June, to highlight rampant drug abuse and collapse of law & order in Punjab,” Gandhi’s office had tweeted earlier.
Incidentally, Rahul Gandhi's protest comes at a time when there is an ongoing controversy over the 'Udta Punjab' film that is based on the drug menace in the country. Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chief, Pahlaj Nihalani is in the eye of the storm over 'allowing' a very large number of cuts in the film.
Earlier, a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader had told ANI that Rahul Gandhi's visit always creates friction within the Congress as the leaders of the grand old party start fighting with each other.
Moreover, Kamal Nath's appointment as the Congress party's General Secretary and in-charge of Punjab has drawn strong criticism from the opposition parties. Hours after Kamal Nath was appointed General Secretary in-charge of Punjab, Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party leader had tweeted "Capt Amrinder shud state his stand on Kamal Nath. Does Capt absolve Kamal Nath?"
Kamal Nath's name has been linked to the 1984 riots and there have been serious allegations against the leader. “Appointing him (Kamal Nath) as the charge of Punjab, the Congress has clearly sent a message that it doesn’t care about the victims of 1984. It doesn’t care about Punjab, it doesn’t care about the law abiding citizens of the country. It only cares about the people who have money power and muscle power,” AAP leader and senior lawmaker HS Phoolka told ANI.

Kamal Nath was the one leader, who was leading the mob at Gurudwara Rakabganj Sahib on November 1, 1984 and the mob set the Gurduwara on fire, says an Indian Express report. The Congress party has however justified the appointment of Kamal Nath saying there are no legal cases against Kamal Nath at present.

While speaking exclusively to NewsX, Kamal Nath said,"There is no charge and no case against me. Nanawati Commision has absolved me of all charges".
A centre-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) is now slated to re-investigate 75 cases of 1984 riots in Delhi and some other states, a decision that is likely to ring in political resonance in the poll-bound state.
Movies are being banned, they have banned #UdtaPunjab, they still don't want to accept the reality: Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/caVcrZ8fRU


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