Rajiv Gandhi the ‘father of mob lynching’, say BJP posters

NEW DELHI: Days after Congress President Rahul Gandhi denied his party’s links in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga on Tuesday put up posters here describing the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as the “father” of mob lynching.

Bagga told IANS, “I have put up the posters across the city to remind Rahul Gandhi that his father was the director and producer of mob lynching in the country in 1984.”

The Congress condemned the BJP posters calling it a “disrespect to the nation and dignity of the chair of the country’s Prime Minister”.

Even though the saffron party distanced itself from Bagga’s remarks saying, “Bagga is a spokesperson but the party is not associated with it (the poster),” Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee stated that the party was endorsing dirty politics.

“They (BJP) have not taken action against Bagga. This shows they are endorsing such dirty politics. There might be political differences but acts like this by a person is cheap politics. Congress might have ideological differences but it has always given due respect to PMs. We mourned with the nation when Atalji died, but such a poster is disrespect to the nation and dignity of the chair of the Prime Minister,” Mukherjee told the daily.

Rahul Gandhi said in London on Friday that the Congress was not involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in which nearly 3,000 Sikhs were killed, mostly in the national capital, after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.