Tags: Akali dal, Congress Party, Golden Temple, Indira Gandhi, Private Army, Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale, Sant Rampal,
India is one country that has lost two prime ministers to terrorist violence. Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the mighty congress leader, was gunned down in her residence by her body guards. Genesis of the act lied in operation bluestar authorized by Indira Gandhi. The operation was initiated to flush out militant sikh religious leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale from golden temple, the holiest place of worship for sikh community. Jarnail Singh was killed along with many of his associates. Also died were many innocent pilgrims who were caught in the crossfire.
Before Mr. Bhindrawale became a saint and a militant leader, he was propped by congress party and Mrs. Gandhi to counter balance Akali dal. Mr. Bhindrawale visited Delhi riding on top of a bus with open sword in hand. As Bhindrawale tasted blood, he became a power centre himself. He wanted to create a separate state out of Punjab, called Khalistan. Any one who opposed his vision, was simply gunned down. Many hindus and Sikhs have lost their lives to mindless violence. Saga ultimately ended with death of Bhindrawale and Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
Based on this historical past, which is less than 50 years old, it would be realistic for congress party not to play the politics of propping up of religious leaders. However, the same story was being replayed again by great secular party congress. Congress has never shied away from propping religious leaders for political gain. Haryana congress cultivated Sant Rampal. A self styled god man who has a charge of murder hanging over his head. During ten years of congress rule in Haryana, Sant Rampal not only avoided arrest he managed to raise a private army. Like Bhindrawale, Rampal has taken devotees to act as shield. When police went in to arrest Rampal, goons attacked police. A few police officers were injured.
A party that had ruled the state for 10 years continuously but did nothing on Rampal issue. It is alleged that chief minister’s wife was a devotee. Devotee of a muscle man! The party that sheltered a goon in the name of a god man, is now criticising a less than a month old new BJP government for not acting. A similar story played out during congress rule in Rajasthan, when another god man, Asaram Bapu, tried to evade arrest by letting loose his goons on journalist and police. Asaram was charged with rape of a teenage girl. It is so strange that Congress and in that sense any political party will never get the lesson. For political expediency congress will do anything. If necessary support goons, even terrorists. So much for secularism!