Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Bagga on Friday took to Twitter to announce that he will be sitting on an indefinite hunger strike against Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to make Kamal Nath, who was accused of playing an important role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the new chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. 

Earlier, Bagga said that he will protest against Nath becoming the chief minister and warned Rahul Gandhi not to rub salt in the wounds of the Sikhs by taking the decision. 

Nath was named as the new chief minister of the state on Thursday night after hours of hectic parleys held by the party leaders.

Nath was accused of leading a mob, along with other Congress leaders like Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, to attack Sikhs on the streets of Delhi. An estimated 3, 000 people lost their lives during the riots.

However, in an interview with India Today, Nath said that there were no charges against him in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. “It is all false, I have no guilt,” said Nath. 

Nath, who served as union minister in the previous Congress-led governments, has been a top contender for the chief minister post ever since his party won against the ruling BJP, which was in power in this central Indian state for 15 years.

Another senior party leader and former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia was also in the race.

In the Assembly election 2018 in Madhya Pradesh, while Congress won 114 seats, BJP garnered 109.