1984 was a needless tragedy, Sam Pitroda must apologise, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda to apologies for his remarks about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

“I think that’s completely out of line and I think he should apologise for this — I think 1984 was a tragedy. It caused tremendous pain to the people. And I think he absolutely owes everybody an apology,” Mr. Gandhi said.

“I think justice has to be done. The people who were responsible for the 1984 tragedy have to be punished. The former PM, Manmohan Singh has apologised. My mother, Sonia Gandhi has apologised. We all have made our position very clear — that 1984 was a terrible tragedy and should never have happened. What 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,” the Congress chief said in a statement on Facebook.

On Thursday, Mr. Pitroda had reacted to BJP’s allegation that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had been directly involved in the anti-Sikh riots following Indira Gandhi’s assassination.

Ab kya hai ’84 ka? Aapne kya kiya 5 saal mein, uski baat kariye. ’84 mein hua to hua. Aapne kya kiya? (What about 1984 now? Talk about what you have done in the last five years. What happened in 1984 happened. What have you done?),” the Overseas Congress chief was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.

“Congress has striven more than anybody else to bring comprehensive and timely justice for the 1984 victims and we continue to support that quest for justice in the cases where it has not achieved completion and we continue to support stern punishment for those found guilty in accordance with law,” said Abhishek Singhvi, Congress spokesperson.

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