In the first ever written response on 'Hua To Hua' remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Congress party has issued an official statement saying 'Indian Congress and its leadership have strived to ensure justice for 1984 riot victims.' They also said that any remark by Sam Pitroda or anyone is not the opinion of the party.
Tweeting the press statement, the party's spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala wrote that Congress party abhors violence of any kind. Here's the statement
It has also mentioned that the party has ensured justice in the 2002 Gujarat riots and brought in the candidacy of Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat in their official statement over Sam Pitroda's remark on 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Bringing in the candidacy of Sadhvi Pragya the statement said: "Unlike BJP, which has decided to field a candidate charged with terror crimes and is being lauded as its face by none less than Shri Narendra Modi himself, Congress party has shown moral and political courage to punish people and leaders accused of violence in 1984."
While talking to media on Nanavati Commission's report on Thursday, May 9, Pitroda said: "I don't think so, this is also another lie, and what is with 1984? You speak about what happened in 5 years. It happened in 1984, so what? (1984 Hua to Hua)"
Earlier on Thursday, the BJP had tweeted the following, citing the Nanavati commission report:
"It’s on record of Nanavati Commission that probed the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the biggest genocide of India in which the government killed its own citizens, that instructions to kill came directly from the then PM Rajiv Gandhi’s office. The country awaits justice for this karma."
Towards the end of 2018, the 1984 case saw its first convictions and in December, the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was reversed. He was handed a life term for his role in the horrific mob violence in the national capital. Remarking on the riots in their immediate aftermath, Rajiv Gandhi had infamously said: "When a big tree falls, the Earth shakes."