Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s advisor Malvinder Singh Mali has kicked off another controversy by posting a controversial sketch of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in which she is seen standing near a heap of human skulls, holding a gun with a skull hanging on its muzzle.
The sketch is in fact the cover page of the June 1989 issue of a Punjabi magazine titled ‘Jantak Paigam ( Public Message)’, edited by Malvinder Singh Mali.
The tagline of the title says ‘Every repression is defeated’. The sketch reminds one of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots when innocent Sikhs were allegedly massacred.
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Grab of the FB post by Malvinder Singh Mali
The sketch has, however, left the Punjab Congress red-faced .
Taking strong exception to the recent statements of two of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s advisors on sensitive national issues like Kashmir and Pakistan, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday warned against using such « atrocious and ill-conceived comments that were potentially dangerous to the peace and stability of the state and the country. »
Captain Amarinder Singh urged Navjot Singh Sidhu’s advisors to stick to giving advice to the PPCC president and not speak on matters of which they clearly had little or no knowledge, and had no understanding of the implications of their comments.
Opposition parties question timing of post
While questioning the stance of Navjot Singh Sidhu and Amarinder Singh, who had quit as an MP in the wake of Operation Bluestar, BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh said Malvinder Singh Mali’s post has exposed the Congress’s heinous game plan during the eighties.
« The cat is out of the bag after PCC President Navjot Siingh Sidhu’s advisor Malvinder Singh Mali put up a Facebook post showing former prime minister Indira Gandhi with a gun indicating how the Sikhs were targeted in 1984, » Tarun Chugh said.
Tarun Chugh questioned if Malvinder Singh Mali has been officially asked by Navjot Singh Sidhu to upload such posts on Facebook.
Malvinder Singh Mali, in one of the tweets last week, claimed that Kashmir was a separate country and India and Pakistan were illegal occupants. He had also accused Captain Amrinder Singh of creating communal tensions in Punjab.
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