Aligarh, Apr 24: Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Monday stepped into controversy, saying his party’s hand is stained with blood of Muslims. Salman Khurshid made the remark during an interactive session with students of Aligarh Muslim University.

“I won’t hesitate to say that Congress has the stain of Muslim blood on its hand. As leader of the party, I feel the blots are on my hand,” the former union law minister said. “I am telling you this; we are ready to show the blood on our hands so that you understand that you too must not get blood on your hands. If you attack them, you are the ones who would get stains on your hands. Learn something from our history and don’t create such situation for yourself where if you come back to AMU after 10 years you will find one like you to ask the question,” he added.

Khurshid was responding to a question asked by suspended AMU student Amir Mintoee. “AMU Act was amended in 1948 and then Muslim Dalits were deprived of reservation under the SC/St quota following presidential order in 1950. Anti-Muslim riots in Hashimpura, Malyana, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Bhagalpur, Moradabad and Aligarh and demolition of Babri Masjid all took place during the Congress regime. How would to wash these stains from Congress’s hand?” Mintoee asked.

Reacting to Salman Khurshid’s statement, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy said it was expected from the Congress. “Such statements will be made before the 2019 Lok Sabha election,” Swamy said.