Rahul Gandhi said the Congress acknowledges that the 1984 anti-Sikh riots were a “terrible tragedy”, and its leaders have repeatedly apologised for the same. Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots were “absolutely and completely out of line” and he should apologise for them, party chief Rahul Gandhi said in a Facebook post on Friday.
Sam Pitroda had used the words “hua toh hua (it happened if it happened)” while trying to dismiss questions on the anti-Sikh riots, triggering criticism from political parties cutting across ideological lines.
The Facebook post by Rahul Gandhi read “What Mr Sam Pitroda has said is absolutely and completely out of line and is not appreciated. I will be communicating this to him directly. He must apologise for his comment,” he said, describing the riots — which claimed nearly 3,000 lives — as a “terrible tragedy”. In his Facebook post, Rahul Gandhi called for “stringent punishment” to those responsible for the 1984 riots and reiterated that Congress has made its stand on the matter very clear. “The former PM, Manmohan Singh Ji, has apologised. My mother, Sonia Gandhi Ji, has apologised. We all have made our position very clear – that 1984 was a terrible tragedy and should never have happened,” it read.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh termed the remark as “shocking”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it showed the Congress’ “character and mentality”. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal was just as forceful in her condemnation. “I would like to ask Mr Pitroda if his entire family is killed tomorrow, will he still think ‘hua toh hua’? He needs to go to that widow colony and find out those thousands of women who lost their family members overnight.” Her cabinet colleague, Arun Jaitley, demanded that Sam Pitroda be thrown out of the Congress.
“MY HINDI IS POOR, WANTED TO SAY SOMETHING ELSE” SAYS SAM PITRODA
Later in an attempt to do damage control, Sam Pitroda, said “What I meant was move on. We have other issues to discuss as to what the BJP government did and what it delivered. I feel sorry that my remark was misrepresented. This has been blown out of proportion.”
Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.