SAD warns protests if Nath is made CM

SAD warns protests if Nath is made CM

Kamal Nath arrives at party President Rahul Gandhi's residence, in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI

The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has warned of widespread protests across the country if the Congress decides that Kamal Nath will be next chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.

The Akali Dal cited Nath's "credentials" as an accused in the 1984 Sikh genocide case for their opposition. The Opposition BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party and even some within the Congress have joined the chorus against Nath.

Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) general secretary and SAD national spokesman Manjinder Singh Sirsa said: "In case the Congress goes ahead with the proposal, Sikhs will protest against the party on a very large scale".

Sirsa said Nath had incited mobs to kills Sikhs in front of Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.

He said Kamal Nath himself had agreed before two commissions set up to investigate the tragedy that he was present on the premises of Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib when two Sikh persons were burnt alive.

The SAD and the Punjab AAP questioned the silence of Punjab Congress leaders on the issue.

Akali leaders said the Punjab Congress had opposed Kamal Nath's appointment as a joint in-charge of Punjab affairs just before the Punjab elections.

"Why are they not opposing Kamal Nath now," the party asked. Sikhs, in general, and the DSGMC will not tolerate it if such a decision is taken by the Congress party and will oppose it tooth and nail, Sirsa said on Thursday.