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'Hurt' over 1984 riots controversy, Congress leader Kamal Nath quits charge of poll-bound Punjab

15 June, 2016 5:41 PM
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Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath wrote to party chief Sonia Gandhi, expressing desire to be relieved from the charge of poll-bound Punjab in view of raging controversy over his recent appointment because of his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Gandhi immediately accepted his resignation.

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, on Wednesday, wrote to party chief Sonia Gandhi, expressing desire to be relieved from the charge of poll-bound Punjab in view of raging controversy over his recent appointment because of his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Sonia Gandhi immediately accepted his resignation and relieved him of his charge as party general secretary.

Nath, who was appointed as the general secretary in charge of Punjab as well as Haryana only three days ago, said in his letter to Gandhi, ".. I request that I may be relieved of my charge (of Punjab) to ensure that the attention is not diverted from the real issues facing Punjab."

"I have been hurt by developments in the past few days where unnecessary controversy has been created around 1984 riots. This canard is nothing but a cheap political ploy to gain traction ahead of the elections," Nath said.

Both Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party had hit out at Congress for appointing Nath as its general secretary in charge of Punjab, where assembly elections are to be held next year.

"Till 2005, not a single public statement, complaint or FIR was ever made against me and the first time my name was ever mentioned in any forum was 21 years after 1984," Kamal Nath wrote.

The Nanavati Commission set up by the previous NDA government "after proper investigation fully absolved me", he added.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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