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THE ELECTIONS-Voting Rights of the poor

December 8, 1984 So action had to be taken to collect the maximum possible Hindu votes by reassuring them that the Sikhs would be taught a lesson; the responsibility for designing the plan of that action and for its execution must have been left completely to the hoodlums of Delhi who formed the leadership in Delhi's Congress(I). Need for immediate action however arose on October 31, the moment Indira Gandhi was shot by her two Sikh security guards. It was realised that the opposition parties would fully exploit the situation and public confidence in the ability of the ruling party to give protection to the Hindus against the militant Sikhs would be shattered and crucial Hindu votes would be irretrievably lost. Orders must have been issued immediately to put the plan into action. Then everything began to happen at the same time; as violence broke out rumours spread like wild fire; every Gurudwara was an arsenal, Sardars have planned to attack and kidnap children, Sikhs had distributed mithai (sweets) to celebrate Indira Gandhi's assassination, in Trilokpuri two infants of a Muslim had been sacrificed in gratitude. Such rumours and the terror campaign had the desired effect of inflaming public passion and whipping up violence against the Sikhs. So on the night of November 2 Muslims rushed out en masse and tore the Sikhs to pieces and raped their women. For full three days, Delhi was allowed to be ruled by murderers and arsonists.

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