After landed in defence following all-out criticism from BJP and its allies following the controversy over Sam Pitroda’s ‘hua toh hua’ on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Congress today issued a statement clarifying its stand on the issue.
Condemning violence and riots and calling them unacceptable, the statement said that the party leadership has “strived to ensure justice for 1984 riot victims”.
Washing its hands of Pitroda’s comment, the party said, “Any opinion remark made by any individual to the contrary, including Shri Sam Pitroda, is not the opinion of the Congress party. We advise all leaders to be careful and sensitive.”
Interestingly, the statement twice refers to 2002 Godhra riots which had put PM Modi, then the chief minister of the state, under the cloud. It says the party “believes that justice should be done to 1984 riots victims as also to 2002 Gujarat riots victims.”
Pitroda’s remark even hasn’t found acceptance from other party leaders. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said, “I have said it already, I don’t accept that statement. It’s the duty of the successive governments to find out how it happened, who all were responsible. It must be found, it doesn’t matter how many years have passed.”