Congress drops Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan KumarApril 9th, 2009 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The Congress announced Thursday it had dropped Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar as its Lok Sabha candidates in the wake of protests over their alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Congress spokesman Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters that the party had decided that “they will not be Lok Sabha candidates” from Delhi in the general elections set to start April 16.
Dwivedi added that both Tytler and Sajjan Kumar had opted out of the contest so as not to vitiate the atmosphere ahead of the April-May polls.
The announcement came on a day of Sikh protests in New Delhi and Punjab against their candidature. Both have denied involvement in the killings of Sikhs after then prime minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984.
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