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"If perpetrators of 1984 riots had been punished, 2002 riots and Dadri would never have happened!" Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at a function paying homage to victims of 1984 anti Sikh riots. Must watch and share. Video in link below : https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=763041963795566&id=290805814352519
JALANDHAR: Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) growing popularity among NRIs and in Punjab is causing a churning in unexpected quarters: Radical Sikh groups. These outfits operating from abroad, who have been vociferously raising issues like injustice to 1984 riot victims and eviction of farmers from Kutch in Gujarat, are aghast at AAP "hijacking" their agenda and even garnering support. These groups claim that they enjoy widespread support in Punjab and abroad. The Dal Khalsa, for instance, sees the Congress, BJP and AAP as chips of the same block. Party head H S Dhami says, "For Sikhs, it hardly matters who holds the reins in Delhi. The community has participated in elections with enthusiasm since 1950, but could not get justice from any party even on crucial issues like massacre of Sikhs in the national capital." US-based Khalistani ideologue Dr Amarjit Singh expects little from AAP. "Sikhs who wish for Khalistan should stick to their agenda as AAP is also not addressing their issues," he had said in a recent special televised discussion on a Punjabi channel in the US. Akali Dal Panch Pardhani brought out the crux of the radicals' thought. "AAP is also working in a limited political paradigm and has limitations. The electoral process can't that address the aspirational issues of different communities and nationalities, so we are staying away from it," said acting president Harpal Singh Cheema. Author Ajmer Singh, who has written on contemporary Sikh history, believes a few groups are feeling threatened as their support base among Sikhs who feel alienated could shrink with AAP's advent. "For a few groups, this position is more like sticking to their ideological and theoretical position in place of making a strategic political intervention to change the situation. Limitations of AAP should also be understood, but to oppose it blindly when it has tried to address a couple of justice issues is not very logical from the point of view of political strategy," he pointed out. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Sikh-radical-groups-frown-as-AAP-walks-its-talk/articleshow/34084726.cms?
JALANDHAR: Senior Supreme Court advocate H S Phololka, who has remained face of legal battle for getting justice for the victims of 1984 riots, has announced to join AAP. Phoolka said that he would be enrolling himself as a member after paying obeisance at Darbar Sahib Amritsar. Though Phoolka has been spearheading the legal battle for justice to the victims and worked closely with Shiromani Akali Dal controlled Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee and Delhi Sikh gurudwara Management Committee but he did not join any party including the Akali Dal. Explaining his reason to join AAP he said "t o ensure good governance and freedom from moral and economic corruption social activists have come together to form this political party. After 30 years of being a social and legal activist on justice and equality and legal education and Anti-communal violence, I want to be an active part of this social Revolution - thus joining AAP is my natural choice." Mentioning role of AAP leaders to get justice for the victims he recalled that former law minister and one of the AAP founders Shanti Bhushan not only appeared in the case against Jagdish Tytler later but earlier on November 1, 1984 he had gone to the then Home Minister Narsimha Rao to impress upon him to call Army immediately. Shanti Bhushan also gave his affidavit before Nanavati Commission stating that Narsimha Rao wanted to call Army but he did not succeed convincing the authorities. "His Affidavit clearly pointed a finger at the then Prime Minister of Rajiv Gandhi, "Phoolka said. He also recalled that both Shanti Bhushan and AAP leader Prashant Bhushan had gone to Tirlokpuri area on 2 nd November 1984 alongwith a group of Supreme Court Lawyers in their effort to stop the killings. He said that AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia sat on Fast at Jantar Mantar in May 2013 in support of Nirprit Kaur demanding the formation of the SIT in the cases of 1984 Riots and filling of missing chargesheet against Sajjan Kumar for murder of 4 Sikhs in Nangloi Police Station. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2014-01-07/chandigarh/45954492_1_aap-shanti-bhushan-former-law-minister
With their eyes firmly on the upcoming polls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) constituted a cell for the Sikh community on Monday to focus on the issues they face. A five-member body was elected to represent the community. "The Sikh community has played a very important role in the country's development. Unfortunately the community has been treated as votebanks. None of the members who lost their family in the 1984 riots are getting justice," said AAP leader, Arvind Kejriwal. Parminder Singh Veerji who will head the unit said, "The Sikh community of Delhi is with AAP in its fight against corruption. We will work on all ways to reach out to other community members so AAP wins the polls." http://www.hindustantimes.com/specials/coverage/MyIndia-MyVote/Chunk-HT-UI-MyIndiaMyVote-Delhi/With-eye-on-Sikh-votes-AAP-creates-special-cell/SP-Article10-1129352.aspx