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Chandigarh: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday termed party leader Sam Pitroda’s controversial remarks about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as being “absolutely and completely out of line” and asked him to apologise.

“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,” Gandhi said in an exclusive interview to ThePrint in Chandigarh Friday evening.

“And what Mr Sam Pitroda has said is absolutely and completely out of line. I haven’t spoken to him but I will, I will personally speak to him and tell him that I don’t appreciate this type of nonsense.”

On Thursday, Pitroda had sought to dismiss questions about anti-Sikh riots saying “hua toh hua (it happened, it happened)”, triggering strong criticism from the BJP and other political parties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too slammed the Congress over Pitroda’s comments, saying the “three words” reflected the character, mentality and intentions of the Congress.

This come barely 10 days before the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab on 19 May.


Also read: Sam Pitroda — the Gandhis’ close aide who has landed the Congress in a soup


Sonia, Manmohan apologised for ’84 riots

The Congress president further said the 1984 riots were “a tragedy” and that then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his mother Sonia Gandhi, who was the president of the party in 2005, “apologised” for the riots that year.

“I think justice has to be done. The people who are responsible have to be brought to book and should be punished… The (former) PM has apologised. My mother has apologised. We all have made our position very clear on that, that it was tragedy.”


Also read: BJP distorting truth to hide its failures, says Congress leader Sam Pitroda


 

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  1. Sam Pitroda always exceeds his brief without knowing the implications. When he was made Telecom Secretary, he put his hands in politics, Rajiv Gandhi lost in 1989. Sam surfaced in India whenever Congress came to power except PV Narasimha Rao Government. He is amateur in politics, served only Gandhi family. That is quite bad. Countrymen respect him for the Technology stalwart, he should not become petty politician like Kamalnath.

  2. No one has forgotten how Rahul ALSO called the ordinance which the Manmohan Singh’s cabinet passed to save charge sheeted accused like Lalu, even then on the President’s table for his signature, as “NONSENSE”., and also dramatically tearing it up before the media. YET, not very long after, Lalu was happily back in the alliance with Raga’s party. ‘Public Memory’ is NOT short.

  3. JAB RAAT LAGI GHATANE KHAIRAT LAGI BATNE. PAPU AA GAYA NA SIKH SHAHODO KE KATLEAM KE UPER FAKE MAFI SE JITNA CHAHTA HE? KYU TERE BALBUTE PE CONTEST KAR. PEHLE BESHARAM BAYAN FOR JUKNA. JA JA BHIJH MANGE AISE KOI VOTE NAHI DETA. VOTE KE LIYE KADI MEHNAT RAATDIN EK KARNA PADTA HE. 10
    15 TO 20 YEARS KAAM KAR LOGO KE LIYE . BADME TU LAYAK HO JAYEGA.
    TERI SHOFFER DRIVEN COUNTRY KI SCHEME HAME CITIZENS OF INDIA KO APPROVE NAHI HAI. JO HUA SO. HUA. TOR KAMANSE SHABDA JABAN SE AUR PRAN TAN SE NIKLE TO NIKLE, VOH FIR NAHI AATE.

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