Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that Sam Pitroda should apologise for his remarks about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. In a Facebook post, Rahul said, “I think what Sam Pitroda ji said is completely out of line and he should apologise for it. I think 1984 was a needless tragedy that caused tremendous pain.”
“The former prime minister, Manmohan Singhji has apologised. My mother, Sonia Gandhi ji has apologised. We all have made our position very clear – that 1984 was a terrible tragedy and should never have happened,” he said.
Earlier on Friday, Congress had distanced itself from the “so what” remarks of Sam Pitroda about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and asked the leaders of the party to be careful and sensitive in future.
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the party abhorred violence of any kind against any person or group of people on the basis of caste, creed, colour, region or religion, adding that riots and violence had no place in the Indian society.