Political parties on Tuesday hit back at Rahul Gandhi for his comments on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and 2002 Gujarat riots, saying his statements were condemnable and he should express regret for it.
“Rahul Gandhi’s defence of the Congress government’s action in the 1984 riots is deeply condemnable. What has Rahul to say on the famous statement of Rajiv Gandhi — when big tree falls, the earth shakes — and the manner in which Congress leaders involved in the massacre were shielded by the government and the investigating agencies which has compelled the courts to make adverse comments,” said senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
BJP ally and ruling party in Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal, also flayed Rahul for his comments that the Congress government had tried to stop the 1984 riots in Delhi. “Rahul Gandhi says that Modi was responsible for the 2002 riots in Gujarat because he was the CM. Then what about his father who was the PM when the carnage against Sikhs took place in Delhi,” said Akali Dal Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral.
Rahul had reportedly said the difference between the 1984 Sikh riots and the 2002 riots was that in Delhi, the government acted to stop the riots, while in Gujarat the Modi government did not do anything.
JD (U) too reacted acerbically to Rahul’s comment on Lalu. “There is a huge difference between what Gandhi says and does... Even the public understands as much and will not buy his clarification on his party’s alliance with RJD in Bihar,” said Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.