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Sam Pitroda’s remark on 1984 Anti-Sikh riots stirs storm; BJP demands Congress to sack him

Senior Congress leader and erstwhile advisor to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Sam Pitroda’s ‘Hua to Hua’ remark on the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots is stirring up a storm.He is currently the chairman of Indian Overseas Congress Department.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi deriding Pitroda’s words as reflecting the mentality of the Congress party.

Party President Amit Shah and Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley also bolstered the BJP’s charge taking to twitter.Amit Shah said that agony of the entire Sikh community.

Suffering of all those Sikh families killed by Congress leaders in 1984. Attack on Delhi’s secular ethos.

Arun Jaitley said that it is a matter of disgrace that the Congress Party has no remorse over the Sikh killings of 1984.

Sam Pitroda’s ‘Hua to Hua’ reaction to the 1984 Sikh killings is reflective of the lack of remorse on the part of Congress Party with respect to the 1984 genocide.

The party also held a press conference condemning the outrageous statement.And the anger spilled on to the streets of Delhi.

Victims of the 1984 anti Sikh riots as well as Shiromani Akali Dal workers protested outside Congress headquarters.

BJP’s Sikh cell also shouted slogans rallying against the comment.Survivors of the anti-sikh riots expressed anguish and disbelief over the comment.

The Congress party on its part distanced itself from Pitroda’s statement. Media In charge Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted

While activist lawyer turned Cong party member KTS Tulsi blamed the media for painting a distorted picture, Punjab Chief Minister shifted the responsibility for ensuring justice onto successive governments.

1984 Anti Sikh riots remain a festering sore for the Sikh community that remains thirsty for justice.

Sam Pitroda seems disconnected with their pain and deep sense of injustice causing ill-timed embarassment to the Congress.Meanwhile, Sam Pitroda  has tendered an apology saying his remarks were blown out of proportion.

Party spokesperson Sambit Patra came down heavily on Congress over the issue saying  Pitroda’s remarks are like rubbing salt on the wounds of the riot victims.

He claimed that no justice was done after 34 years of the unfortunate incidents during Congress regime and it is the NDA government which formed SIT on it and culprits like Sajjan Kumar were sent to jail.

Sambit Patra also sought an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi over the issue.
 

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