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RSS decides to sue Manmohan Singh

H Bula Devi
The Hindustan Times
September 04, 1999

    Title: RSS decides to sue Manmohan Singh
    Author: H Bula Devi
    Publication: The Hindustan Times
    Date: September 04, 1999
    The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to sue senior
    Congress leader and candidate from South Delhi parliamentary
    constituency Manmohan Singh for alleging the Sangh Parivar's
    involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
    Speaking to The Hindustan Times, RSS chief Prof Rajinder Singh, more
    known as Rajju Bhaiya, stated that the Sangh would file a defamation
    case against Dr Manmohan Singh for making a false statement. He said:
    "Like we did in the case of Sita Ram Kesri, a defamation case will be
    filed against Dr Manmohan Singh for his false statement."
    Prof Singh wondered why the Congress kept 'quiet' for last 15 years
    when cases against so many Congress leaders were going on in courts.
    "Why did the Congress not utter a word all these years? Why did they
    keep quiet?" he wondered.
    Taking a serious view of the Congress leader's statement, the RSS
    chief said that it indicated desperation in the Congress camp. "The
    Congress is desperate this time and that is why it is fabricating this
    kind of charges," he said adding they (Congress leaders) thought that
    nobody will contradict the statement.
    Lashing out at Dr Manmohan Singh for claiming that police records
    indicated RSS involvement in the riots, Prof Rajinder Singh wondered
    if the police records really indicated such involvement then why
    didn't the police start its prosecution for so long?
    Meanwhile, scores of 1984 riot widows today demonstrated against the
    Congress candidate's allegation. The agitationists even burnt an
    effigy of the candidate and expressed their surprise over the Dr
    Manmohan Singh denying the Congress's involvement in the riots.
    Lambasting the Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) Delhi unit
    president Avtar Singh Hit stated that it was strange on the Congress
    leader's part to make this kind of a statement when there had been
    cases in the court against Congress leaders H K L Bhagat, Sajjan Kumar
    and Jagdish Tytler. He appealed to the Sikh community not to vote for
    Dr Manmohan Singh because he has betrayed the Sikh cause.
    Meanwhile the BJP today described as absurd Manmohan Singh's remark
    that the RSS was behind the massacre of Sikhs in 1984, calling it an
    insult to his own person.
    BJP general secretary Narendra Modi said nothing could be a bigger
    falsehood than this. More than 5,00 Sikh men, women and children were
    massacred by Congress mobs across the country after Indira Gandhi's
    He said in numerable FIRs, court petitions, newspaper reports and
    photographs exist to show that Congress hoodlums led by Congress
    leaders chasing Sikhs, setting them on fire and looting their homes.
    Mr Modi said senior Congress leaders were facing prosecution for their
    role in the 1984 incidents.

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