Rahul Gandhi Slams Sam Pitroda for His Controversial Comments over 1984 Anti-Sikh RiotMay 11, 2019 12:55
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Rahul Gandhi Slams Sam Pitroda for His Controversial Comments over 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot:- Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed senior party leader Sam Pitroda for his remark over the 1984 anti-Sikh riot.
The Congress president rubbishing the statement said: “I think that’s completely out of line and I think he should apologise for this,” Gandhi said in an interview to news website ThePrint on Friday, describing as a “tragedy” the riots triggered by the October 31, 1984 assassination of his grandmother and then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two of her Sikh bodyguards.
“It caused tremendous pain to the people. And I think he absolutely owes everybody an apology,” Gandhi said.
On Thursday, asked to comment on the riots, Pitroda had said, “hua to hua (it happened, it happened)”.
On Friday, Pitroda, who is the chief of the Indian Overseas Congress, apologised for the comment, but not before it triggered anoutpour of criticism, including by his fellow party leaders and by Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.
“Yesterday, one of the tallest leaders of the Congress, speaking in a loud voice on 1984, said, ‘84 ka danga hua to hua’. Do you know who this leader is, he is very close to the Gandhi family… this leader was a very good friend of Rajiv Gandhi and guru of Congress ‘naamdar’ (dynast) president,” Modi said at a rally in Rohtak on Friday.
Highlighting Pitroda’s controversial remark in a tweet, BJP chief Amit Shah said it reflected the Congress’s stand on the issue. Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Prakash Javadekar too criticised Pitroda’s “hua to hua” comment.
Senior leaders of the Congress distanced themselves from Pitroda’s remarks on Friday. “It is not the party’s stand, the party condemns it. All leaders should be careful about what they say,”
Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said at a press conference in Delhi. “Congress has worked to provide justice to the victims of 1984 riots. No act of violence and riots can be forgiven,” he added.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh too said he did not approve of Pitroda’s statement. “I have said it already, I don’t accept that statement. It’s the duty of the successive governments to find out how it happened, who all were responsible, it must be found, doesn’t matter how many years have passed,” he said.
The 1984 riots took place at the end of October-early November 1984 year when mobs, some allegedly including members of the Congress party, killed members of the Sikh community in retaliation for Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
“We continue to support the quest for justice and stern punishment for those found guilty in 1984 riots as also the subsequent acts of violence including the 2002 Gujarat riots. Any opinion remark made by any individual to the contrary including Shri Sam Pitroda is not the opinion of the Congress party. We advise all leaders to be careful and sensitive,” the Congress said in another statement that was released by chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
While apologising, Pitroda also said his comment had been blown out of proportion. “My Hindi is not that good, I think in English and translate in Hindi... I could not translate bura in my mind... what I really meant to say is jo hua bura hua tha (what happened was bad),” he said.