PHAGWARA: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who was nominated to Rajya Sabha on Friday, has said that there is a need to make public the Operation Bluestar files so that people know the whole truth. Speaking here on Saturday, he alleged that erstwhile Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) was pressing the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on the advice of Indian communists.
“The real issue was that the Soviets were keen on it because of pressure of Indian communist leaders like Harkishan Singh Surjeet, who felt that revival of Sikhism in Punjab would mean doom for communism here,” he said. He was talking to the media after addressing students of Lovely Professional University (LPU).
“It was a foolish step which was done without proper thinking,” he said about the Army entering the Golden Temple complex in June 1984. Earlier, during the question-answer session with students, Swamy said, “I opposed it (the Army operation) very strongly. Most of the Hindus were annoyed with me due to this and I lost an election but I did not bother. Slowly, everyone has realized that it was a mistake.”
He added, “Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was a religious preacher. What I saw and what I knew personally, and very clearly, was that he was speaking out against narcotics.”