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Cong list steps it took after 1984 riots

Cong list steps it took after 1984 riots
Rahul Gandhi and Captain Amarinder Singh. (file)
New Delhi, Aug 26 (AGENCIES/IANS) | Publish Date: 8/26/2018 11:24:48 AM IST

Drawing flak for Rahul Gandhi’s remarks that the Congress was not involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the party on Sunday listed steps it had taken after it and said its opponents should not sensationalize tragic events for political gains.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi was reacting to the Shiromani Akali Dal’s comments that the Congress president’s remarks on Sikh riots have “rubbed salt into the wounds” of the Sikh community.

Gandhi, who was on a two-day visit to the UK, told an audience of UK-based parliamentarians and local leaders on Saturday that the incident was a tragedy and painful experiences, but disagreed with the view that the Congress was “involved”.

“Constantly distorting what Rahul Gandhi says is not going to convert untruth and lies into truth,” Singhvi said, noting that their opponents should not sensationalize tragic events for political gains.

He listed what the Congress did after the riots and asked the SAD to tell what their partner BJP did after the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

“The Congress party from this forum and all over the country at least a thousand times has condemned that tragic episode, calling it the most unfortunate event, condemned it and never in the remotest sense directly or indirectly supported it. Even the prime minister of that time had apologised,” he said.

He also said that many senior leaders suffered serious harm in their political careers in the context of their alleged association with that event.

“A large number have faced criminal prosecution, some have been convicted, some are pending but the Congress has never interfered,” he said.

He said the Akali Dal should ask if Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was Gujarat chief minister in 2002, and BJP president Amit Shah had done after the riots in Gujarat what the Congress did after 1984.

Punjab CM lashes out at SAD chief

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday lashed out at Akali President Sukhbir Singh Badal for what he said was an unwarranted and uncalled for attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on the issue of the 1984 riots.

Castigating the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President for his statement that Rahul Gandhi was a ‘partner’ in crime, the Chief Minister said Gandhi was in school at the time of Operation Bluestar.

To blame him for anything was absurd, Amarinder Singh said in a statement here.

To hold Rahul Gandhi responsible for an act which he was not even aware of at the time it happened was ridiculous, said the Chief Minister.

The Congress, as a party, was never involved in the riots that continue to haunt the Sikh community.

He said if any individual was involved, he or she would be dealt with as per the law.

“To blame the entire party for the acts of a few was preposterous and typical of the political immaturity of Sukhbir Singh,” the Chief Minister said.

Amarinder Singh said Rahul Gandhi’s latest comments need to be seen in context with his earlier statements on the 1984 riots, wherein he himself had named some Congressmen.

The Chief Minister said Rahul Gandhi had condemned all violence, including the 1984 riots, and called for strict punishment to the guilty.

“It is unfortunate that due to delays caused by the judicial system, justice had been denied to many victims of the 1984 riots,” Amarinder Singh added.

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