News Frontliner Web Desk, 10 May 2019: Continuing its attack on the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the BJP now claim that the Nanavati Commission who probed into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots had “on record” found “instructions to kill came directly from then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s office”.
“It’s on record of Nanavati Commission that probed the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the biggest genocide of India in which the government killed its own citizens, that instructions to kill came directly from the then PM Rajiv Gandhi’s office. The country awaits justice for this karma,” the BJP tweeted yesterday morning.
After coming under intense criticism over his comment that Rajiv Gandhi died as “Bhrashtachari (corrupt) number 1”, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s second allegation, that former PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 used the warship INS Viraat for personal holiday has already been refuted by several former officers of INS Viraat.
The latest attack on Rajiv Gandhi – father of current Congress president Rahul Gandhi – by the BJP ahead of the last two phases of the ongoing national election is however not substantiated by the very source it cites.
The 2005 report by the one-man commission headed by Justice GT Nanavati, a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India, said that there is “absolutely no evidence” that Rajiv Gandhi had suggested or organised attacks on Sikhs. Nearly 3,000 Sikhs were killed in the riots in New Delhi following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards on 31st October 1984.
The report by the Nanavati Commission sad, “It was suggested that Shri Rajiv Gandhi had told one of his officials that Sikhs should be taught a lesson. The Commission finds no substance in that allegation. The evidence in this behalf is very vague. The evidence on the other hand suggest that Shri Rajiv Gandhi had showed much concern about what was happening in Delhi. He had issued an appeal for remaining calm and maintaining communal harmony. In view of the complaints received by him that people were not able to contact the police on telephone No. 100, he had immediately called some police officers and told them to take immediate action so that anyone who wanted to contact the police could do so. He had even visited the affected areas on the night of 1-11-84.”
“There is absolutely no evidence suggesting that Shri Rajiv Gandhi or any other high ranking Congress(I) leader had suggested or organized attacks on Sikhs,” it added.
Though the Nanavati Commission cleared Rajiv Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders, it did find that local party were involved in the 1984 violence. “Whatever acts were done, were done by the local Congress (I) leaders and workers, and they appear to have done so for their personal political reasons,” the report said.
One might remember, that in last December, former Congress parliamentarian Sajjan Kumar was jailed for life by the Delhi High Court for his role in the riots.
The way in which false allegation are being broadcasted by the BJP in recent time, it’s perhaps a clear evidence of the fact that PM Modi and his party is not in the comfortable zone anymore.