The BJP has intensified its attack on Congress leader Sam Pitroda over his controversial remark on 1984 Sikh riots. Day after BJP chief Amit Shah and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today took a dig at Rahul Gandhi over the issue. “Will the Congress President oust his 'Guru', who rubbishes the genocide of India's most patriotic community in 1984,” Jaitley said on Twitter.
Yesterday, Shah had also slammed Pitroda for the remark. Along with his tweet, Shah also posted a clip of the video, where is had purportedly said those words on 84 riots. 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,” Shah said on Twitter. The BJP on Thursday hit out at Congress leader Sam Pitroda for his reported comments on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and demanded an apology. Union minister Prakash Javadekar said Pitroda's comments were "shocking" and nobody could have expected it. "He (Pitroda) said 1984 genocide happened. So what? This is completely unacceptable to the country and we cannot allow this to sustain," Javadekar said.
Asked about the 1984 riots, Pitroda had reportedly said: "84 mein hua to hua." "Genocide was a gruesome thing that happened to India. At that time, (then prime minister) Rajiv Gandhi justified it by saying that when big tree fails, earth tremors," Javadekar said. "The science says exactly the opposite that when earth tremors, big tree falls. This is what the science is."
The BJP leader accused the Congress of playing with public feelings. "Pitroda was Rajiv's colleague and Rahul's guru. If the guru is like this, how will the 'chela' (disciple) be? This is what is Congress doing... completely insensitive of public feelings."
However, the Indian Overseas Congress chief issued a clarification today and said that, “Truth is being distorted, lies are being amplified through social media and targeted People are systematically being intimidated. However, truth will always prevail and lies will be exposed. It is just a matter of time. Have patience.”
“For all those who would be voting on May 12 th & 19 th I want to remind that the phones and computers you use is because PM Rajiv Gandhi in mid 1980s provided political will, policies, leadership, wisdom and needed funding to build foundation & platform to connect India,” he added.