New Delhi: A day after Congress overseas chief Sam Pitroda remarked ‘Hua toh hua’ when speaking on 1984 anti-Sikh riots and subsequently courted controversy for his callousness towards the carnage, Pitroda on Friday apologised, said his comments were ‘blown out of proportion’.

Speaking to the media, Pitroda said, “The statement I made was completely twisted, taken out of context because my Hindi isn’t good, what I meant was ‘jo hua vo bura hua,’ I couldn’t translate ‘bura’ in my mind.”

He also added:

Pitroda landed himself into 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.

Upping the ante against Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday slammed the party and Pitroda for its “arrogance”.

“Yesterday, one of the top Congress leaders said the 1984 riots just happened (‘Hua toh Hua’). These three words sum up the arrogance of the Congress,” he told an election meeting here in Haryana on the last day of campaigning for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls.

“The leader is close to the Gandhi family, a good friend of (the late) Rajiv Gandhi and a ‘guru’ (mentor) of Rahul Gandhi,” Modi said without naming Pitroda.

He said while hundreds of Sikhs were burnt to death by with petrol and diesel and with burning tyres flung around their necks, “the Congress is saying ‘Hua toh Hua’.

Meanwhile the Grand Old Party distanced itself from Pitroda’s comments and said, “We believe that justice should be done to 1984 riots victims as also to 2002 Gujarat riots victims. We abhor violence of any kind, against any person or a group of people based on their caste, colour, region or religion. This is the essence of India.”

The 1984 riots took place in the wake of the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her two bodyguards.