In an exclusive interview to Republic Media Network, BJP chief Amit Shah reacted to Gandhi loyalist Sam Pitroda's shocking comment where brushed off the horrific 1984 anti-Sikh riots which took place after Indira Gandhi's assassination.
"I agree that he spoke what was in his heart and the people of Delhi and Punjab and the people of the country have heard it. People will decide whether they want a party which takes a massacre so lightly. This comment will definitely make an impact. the last two phases of the Lok Sabha elections. No one can support this kind of a comment," he said
Sam Pitroda while speaking to the media about BJP's charge citing the Nanavati commission report that the instructions for the violence had come from the then PM Rajiv Gandhi, he angrily 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 toh hua)"
The shocking statement comes at a time when the events that took place during Rajiv Gandhi's term as Prime Minister have become a national talking point - something that began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Bhrashtachar No. 1' reference to his predecessor while addressing a poll rally in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Subsequently, in an open challenge to the Congress, PM Modi demanded the party contest the ongoing elections over Rajiv Gandhi's term as PM, citing the Bofors deal scam, 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.
"Few days ago, I had called out the deeds of a member of the 'naamdar' family. These people (Congress) have been abusing the Prime Minister and his family. I only reminded about the earlier Bofors scam. I only said that and a tsunami came. Some people cried really hard over what I said. When you did not adhere to the limitations of the post of Prime Minister, you abused the post, I only said one thing - it stung you like a scorpion. The more these people will cry, the more people of this generation will become aware of their truths. How a family looted and destroyed the country in the 20th century, the youth of the 21st century should know," PM Modi said.