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New Delhi: Demanding that former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna award be withdrawn, AAP leader and senior advocate HS Phoolka and BJP’s RP Singh on Thursday released the old video of the former wherein he can be seen justifying the 1984 anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of his mother Indira Gandhi saying “when a big tree falls, the earth shakes”.

The video was released by Phoolka and Singh on Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary on Thursday during a press conference in New Delhi.

Phoolka has been fighting for securing justice for 1984 Sikh riots victims. He demanded that Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna Award be withdrawn for his provocative remarks, accusing him of justifying the 1984 ‘genocide’, The Indian Express reported.

“In 1984, on this day, nation’s prime minister had justified the killing of 3, 000 Sikhs in his address at the boat club in the national capital. He had said that when a big tree falls then the earth shakes. Instead of punishing the culprits of such mass murder, he was justifying it,” said Phoolka.

“A Prime Minister who takes three years even to count the dead bodies of innocent citizens killed in open broad daylight in the capital, a Prime Minister whose party was responsible for a massacre, cannot be a Bharat Ratna. We demand Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna’s be taken back,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said Indira Gandhi taught the nation to stay united and people must follow that path.

“We must learn as much as we can from the life of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Maulana Azad…Indira Gandhi taught us how to stand united,” the Congress president said in her speech to commemorate the 98th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi at the Indian Youth Congress convention here.

“She dedicated her life to the unity of our country,” she said.

Sonia Gandhi said the late prime minister always stood for inclusion and equality, and lauded her for her farsightedness and ushering in Green Revolution in India.

(With inputs from IANS)

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NEW DELHI: Indian being a political democratic country, houses a lot of political parties. Since independence, many new parties have emerged to take up the fight for various sections of the society. One of the examples of such a party is AAP (Aam Admi Party). AAP came up with strong political ethics to root out issues faced by a commons man but now the very existence of this party is in question due to poor performance and incompetence of some of its top leaders. But the most prominent of all of the political parties in India are BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) and the Indian National Congress.

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BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, BJP surfaced from a former party known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. BJP’s agenda during the 1980s focused on the ‘Ram Janambhoomi movement’. The party encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. This issue gave the Hindu colour denomination to BJP and in 1996; it emerged as the largest party in the parliament. After being kept away from the power for long, Narendra Modi led the BJP to unprecedented heights in the last elections and the competition was put up by him was unmatchable.

On the other hand, Congress is a more matured political party of India. It got established in the year 1885. After the independence, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Nehru was the front face of the political governance in India but after his assassination, his daughter Indira Gandhi took the charge and became the prime minister in 1966. Unfortunately, Indira Gandhi also got assassinated and her son, Rajiv Gandhi took up the reigns of the party. In the sequence of assassination, Rajiv Gandhi was the next target. Sonia Gandhi came to power in 1998 and she led the party from the front in 2004 elections. This resulted in the political rule of Congress under Manmohan Singh.

After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons
After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons

The recent Assembly election of Gujarat was a real eye-opener for many, as the people’s right to vote was seen quite considerably y exercised. The Congress resistance in the very own fortress of Narendra Modi was a heavy blow to the Modi wave that swept the country. Although, BJP had the last laugh in the election results but the close fight Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the Congress side was appreciable. The new trend seems to be rebalancing the political scenario in India. The tussle between the BJP and Congress will definitely go down in the history of Indian politics.

Nowadays, Twitter is another playground for political parties. The rule of social media platforms has pushed Indian leaders to communicate in the same manner. It’s vividly seen that people take up to twitter to express their views and differences. Rahul Gandhi vetted his displeasure over the performance of BJP in the latest series of attacks by Rahul against Prime Minister Modi.

Last month only, Rahul Gandhi was crowned as the party head. Therefore, the state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul to prove his mettle as a leader. It will be interesting to see the new strategies that will be deployed by Congress to take an edge over their arch rivals, BJP.