New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday tore into the Congress over party’s overseas chief Sam Pitroda’s comments on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. “Hua so hua’- the three words that reflects Congress’s arrogance were uttered by one of its most senior leaders, he said this on 1984 anti-Sikh riots. This leader is one of the closest people to the Gandhi family,”Modi said while addressing a rally in Haryana’s Rohtak.
“Many Sikhs in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh were targeted during the 1984 riots but today Congress is saying ‘Hua so Hua’ .More than 2800 Sikhs were killed in Delhi but Congress says hua toh hua. They have no value for lives, ” PM added.
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Earlier in the day, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had lambasted Congress over Pitroda’s ‘hua toh hua’ remarks. Taking to Twitter, Jaitley asked,”Will the Congress president oust his ‘guru’, who rubbishes the genocide of India’s most patriotic community in 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,” Jaitley said in another tweet.
‘Hua to Hua’ — Controversial statement
Yesterday, Pitroda landed himself in trouble when asked about BJP’s claim that instructions to kill in 1984 had come from late former PM Rajiv Gandhi. “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),” the senior Congress leader had said.
Pitroda Turns Defensive
After facing flak, Pitroda accused BJP leaders of ‘twisting his words to hide their failures’. “I have noticed how BJP is again twisting three words from my interview to distort facts, divide us and hide their failures. Sad that they have nothing positive to offer. I acknowledged the pain of my Sikh brothers and sisters during difficult times in 1984 and deeply feel for the atrocities that happened. But these are things from past that are not really relevant to this election which is all about what did modi government do for the last five years. Rajiv Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will never target a group of people based on creed,” the Congress leader said defending his statement.
He added,”BJP is talking about these issues and attacking congress leaders with lies because they can not talk about their performance and have no vision to take india forward to inclusively growth and prosperity for all with focus on Jobs, kids and more Jobs.”