“Reflects Congress Mentality”, PM on Sam Pitroda’s ‘Hua to Hua’ remark, Captain Amrindar Sigh shows grief!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP tore into the Congress over Rahul Gandhi’s close aide Sam Pitroda’s “hua toh hua (what happened, happened)” remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots on Thursday.
Punjab CM has also showed grief over Sam Pitroda’s statement and said, “I don’t know what Sam Pitroda has said, in what context he made it. But it is sad, it is a terrible thing, in fact, what happened. Nobody knows how many people were actually killed in that massacre that took place after the assassination of the Prime Minister,” the Punjab CM said.
Asserting that the police and authorities of the time have to be questioned in the matter, Captain Amarinder named four of the five people he alleged were involved in the genocide against the Sikh community following the assassination of former PM Indira Gandhi after which Rajiv Gandhi took up the post of Prime Minister of the country.
He named former Congress leaders Arjun Das, Lalit Maken, H. K. L. Bhagat (former Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Rajiv Gandhi government), Sajjan Kumar (now convicted) and another ‘minister’ whom he did not name.
“The Congress, which ruled for a maximum period, has been insensitive and that is reflected by the three words spoken yesterday… These words have not been spoken just like that, these words are character and mentality and intentions of the Congress,” PM Modi said at a rally in Haryana’s Rohtak.
On this Sam Pitroda has said that BJP is twisting my words.
Sam Pitroda who is in charge of the Congress’s overseas units had brushed off the BJP’s suggestion that the 1984 anti-Sikh riots took place on the orders of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. “I don’t think so, this is also another lie. What about 1984 now? What have you done in the last five years, talk about that. What happened in 1984, happened? What have you done? (Ab kya hai ’84 ka? Aapne kya kiya 5 saal mein, uski baat kariye. ’84 mein hua to hua. Aapne kya kiya?),” Mr Pitroda told news agency ANI.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley questioned whether the Congress president will remove his “Guru (teacher)” from the party. He said Sam Pitroda’s reaction is “reflective of the lack of remorse” of the Congress over the 1984 riots.
Nearly 3,000 were killed following the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Several Congress leaders were accused of leading killer mobs that targeted Sikhs in Delhi.
Amit Shah too hit out at the Congress over Mr Pitroda’s comments and said the country will not forgive the party. “Agony of the entire Sikh community. Suffering of all those Sikh families killed by Congress leaders in 1984. Attack on Delhi”s secular ethos. All summed up in these three words by Sam Pitroda – Hua to Hua. India will never forgive #MurdererCongress for its sins,” Mr Shah tweeted on Thursday.
The BJP raising the anti-Sikh riots comes days before Delhi votes in the sixth phase of the national election, on Sunday. Today is the last day of campaigning and the votes will be counted on May 23.