Pitroda’s remark completely out of line, he must apologise: Rahul


Team Udayavani, May 11, 2019, 9:27 AM IST

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday said party leader Sam Pitroda has said something completely “out of line” and should apologise for his remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Earlier in the day, the Congress distanced itself from the “so what” remarks of Pitroda about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and asked the leaders of the party to be careful and sensitive in future.

Pitroda, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi and Overseas Congress’ head, on Thursday said, ‘hua to hua’ (So what, it happened) about the anti-Sikh riots. He made this remark in response to a question on the riots by a newsman in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.

“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,” Gandhi said.

He noted that the 1984 anti-Sikh riots were a needless tragedy that caused tremendous pain, and said “justice has to be done” and anybody guilty must be punished.

Rahul Gandhi said former prime minister Manmohan Singh has already apologised and so has former Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the anti-Sikh riots.

“We all have made our position very clear and that is the 1984 happenings were a terrible tragedy and should never have happened,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier said that he loved the people of Punjab who have supported the Congress in its hardest times and whatever pains the people of Punjab, pains him.

He had also called for deepening the love between the people of Punjab and the Congress and its leaders, as the people had elected the party’s government in the state.

Sam Pitroda’s “so what” (‘hua to hua’) remarks about the 1984 riots kicked up a major political storm with the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that this reflected the “character and arrogance” of the opposition party.

Pitroda on his part accused the BJP of twisting the three words in Hindi on the riots to “distort facts, divide us(Congress) and hide their failures” and said things of the past are not relevant in this election.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Heavy Rainfall: Red alert issued for 6 districts in Karnataka including DK and Udupi

Holding Pak responsible for terror not sufficient, need to go for self-introspection: Jitendra Singh

Assembly bypolls: INDIA bloc win big with 10 seats, BJP bags 2, Independent 1

India crush Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in 4th T20I, take unassailable 3-1 series lead

Satellite images suggest architectural wealth beneath Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya: Officials

Jammu & Kashmir political parties oppose Centre’s move to give more powers to Lt Guv

Rajnath Singh discharged from AIIMS

Related Articles More

Holding Pak responsible for terror not sufficient, need to go for self-introspection: Jitendra Singh

Teaching law in regional languages can improve access to legal system: CJI

Assembly bypolls: INDIA bloc win big with 10 seats, BJP bags 2, Independent 1

Eight crore new jobs in last 3 to 4 years: PM Modi

Modi govt’s betrayal of J-K continues: Cong on Centre vesting more powers in L-G

MUST WATCH

Elephant attack

Anant Ambani Wedding

BJP & Congress members clash

Aparna Vastarey

Kalaripayattu Meenakshi Amma


Latest Additions

Mangaluru: Minister Lakshmi Hebbalkar pays surprise visit to MSPC

Heavy Rainfall: Red alert issued for 6 districts in Karnataka including DK and Udupi

Holding Pak responsible for terror not sufficient, need to go for self-introspection: Jitendra Singh

Teaching law in regional languages can improve access to legal system: CJI

UP bride calls off wedding after guests argue over sitting in front of cooler

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.