New Delhi: Soon after Rahul Gandhi asserted that ‘Sam Pitroda should be ashamed for his comment on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up his attack on the Congress president for ‘pretending to reperimand’ his own ‘guru’ (mentor). “Naamdaar’, you pretended to scold your mentor for what? Because he publicly said what had always been in Congress’ heart? It’s you who should be ashamed,” said PM while addressing a rally in Bathinda, Punjab. Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge
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Earlier in the day, while speaking at a poll rally in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib, Rahul had said,“Pitroda ji, what you had said was completely wrong and you should be ashamed of yourself. You should seek public apology. I am saying this publicly and I also said the same to him over phone.” Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Reacts After Twitter Suspends Her Account Over Her Tweet on Bengal Elections
How the controversy started?
Pitroda, who is in charge of the Congress’s overseas affairs had stoked a controversy with his ‘hua toh hua’ (whatever happened, happened)” remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
On being asked about BJP’s claim that instructions to kill in 1984 had come from late former PM Rajiv Gandhi, the senior Congress leader had said,“Ab kya hai ’84 ka? Aapne kya kiya 5 saal mein, uski baat kariye. ’84 mein hua to hua. Aapne kya kiya? (What about 1984 now?. What have you done in 5 years, talk about that. What happened in 1984, happened).”