Hari Krishan Lal Bhagat (4 April 1921 – 29 October 2005) was an Indian politician of the Congress party. Earlier he served as Deputy Mayor, Mayor of Delhi and as the chief whip of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC).

H. K. L. Bhagat
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting
In office
February 1983 – December 1984
In office
February 1988 – December 1989
Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
In office
31 December 1984 – 2 December 1989
Personal details
Born4 April 1921
Sahiwal, Punjab, British India
Died29 October 2005
(aged 84)
New Delhi, India

Mass leader of DelhiEdit

A strong Indira Gandhi loyalist, was known as the uncrowned King of Delhi in the 1980s.[citation needed] He was a mass based leader, and was responsible for a Congress comeback in 1980 and 1983 elections in Delhi.[citation needed] He was known to have a strong group in the Congress Party, he won his first Lok Sabha election in 1980 from the East Delhi constituency in Delhi. He grew in political stature after Congress(I)'s victory in the local elections (1983). He held important ministerial positions, including Information and Broadcasting, and made the state-run TV "Doordarshan" the Congress party's mouthpiece during the mid to late 1980s.[citation needed]

Sikh Riots and later lifeEdit

He was publicly condemned by Sikhs and social activists like Khushwant Singh, Guru Radha Kishan, Habib Tanveer and Amrita Pritam for his role in Sikh riots in Delhi and lead to his expulsion from the party after few years.

His career declined after losing from East Delhi in 1991. Towards the end of his political career, he was indicted by the Nanavati Commission for his involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Riot victims testified that Bhagat led groups of armed attackers and incited them to violence. The Commission concluded that there was "credible evidence" that Bhagat "probably... had a hand in organizing attacks on Sikhs"; it recommended the Government "take further action as may be found necessary."[1] The government ultimately declined to prosecute Bhagat because of his poor health by that time.

Bhagat died in a hospital after prolonged illness and he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by DPCC gen secretary, his son Deepak Bhagat.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nanavati Commission Report: Full text http://www.carnage84.com/homepage/nancom.htm

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