Bengaluru: Tajinder Bagga, BJP leader from Delhi has blamed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi for the Sikh genocide that took place in 1984. He even shared a video in this regard on the social media. 


For this tweet, even an FIR was filed against him. 

Speaking to a popular website on the role of the former PM, he said, “Congress is sending a message that anyone who speaks against ‘The Family’, we will silence. It is well coordinated. Arnab Goswami, Sudhir Chaudhary, Sambit Patra and now I. FIRs against four people in one month’s time and all are in states which are ruled by Congress or Congress ally like Maharashtra. Congress wants to give out a message that if you speak up against one Family, we will threaten you, file a case against you and harass you.” 

The BJP leader also chose to attack the champions of freedom of speech and expression who keep quiet when people like Bagga are attacked but shout at the top of their voices when people like Kanhaiya Kumar are attacked. 

He added, “Whenever action was taken against Kanhaiya Kumar who raised anti-India and pro-Afzal slogans and those who wanted to dig grave of Hindutva, these people suddenly come out of nowhere to talk about freedom of speech and expression. But the moment such someone is being silenced to speak up on Rajiv Gandhi, they all become silent. They are the biggest hypocrites,” he said.

It might be recalled that in a span of one or two months, FIRs have been filed against Sudhir Chaudhary, Zee News editor, Arnab Goswami, Republic TV chief, Sambit Patra, BJP spokesperson. Currently, it is Bagga who is on the Congress’s hitlist. 

The anti-Sikh riots

It all began with the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Her own Sikh bodyguards turned out to be her murderers.  However, the vengeance with which the violence ensued against the Sikhs was not the way to retaliate.

The anti-Sikh riots erupted the very next day after Gandhi’s death. In Delhi alone, there are estimates that 3000 Sikhs were butchered while another 8000 to 17000 Sikhs were killed in 40 cities spreading all over India.