Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accepted Kamal Nath’s resignation from his role as general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs.
In his resignation letter, Nath had written to Sonia Gandhi requesting to relieve him of Punjab charge to ensure attention was not diverted from real issues.
He wrote, “I’ve been hurt by developments of past few days wherein unnecessary controversy has been created around the ’84 (anti-Sikh) riots in Delhi. Till 2005 not single public stmnt or FIR was made against me and 1st time my name was mentioned in any forum was 21 yrs after 1984.”
He added, “This canard is nothing but a cheap political ploy to gain traction ahead of the elections. I request, I may be relieved of my charge to ensure that attention isn’t diverted from the real issues facing Punjab.”
A huge controversy had erupted on Sunday after the Congress appointed Nath and general secretary for Punjab and Ghulam Nabi Azad for Uttar Pradesh.
Both states are scheduled for crucial assembly elections next year.
Kamal Nath is accused of being with the mob during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, even though Nanavati Commission did not find any truth in the allegations.
As for Azad, the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was the general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, when it last governed the state under ND Tiwari in 1989.
Congress has, since then, not been able to recuperate in Uttar Pradesh.
Many senior party leaders had told jantakareporter.com in confidence that this is not the surgery they were expecting after dismal showing in the recnt assembly elections.