A day after the massive controversy over his "Hua To Hua comment on 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Congress' Indian Overseas chief and party's trusted aide Sam Pitroda did not apologise for his shocking remark and instead attempted to blame his 'poor Hindi'.
He said while interacting with media in Shimla: "My Hindi is not good. What I meant was 'jo hua bura hua'. I couldn't translate 'Bura' in my mind. What I meant was move on."
His response comes after he tweeted on Friday that lies are being spread through social media. He then highlighted the steps taken by Rajiv Gandhi during his tenure as Prime Minister. He also claimed that those voting on May 12 and May 19 should remember that the phones and computers were brought in India due to the political will of former PM Rajiv Gandhi in the mid-1980s. he also said: 'I acknowledged the pain of my Sikh brothers and sisters during difficult times in 1984 and deeply feel for the atrocities that happened and Rahul Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi will never target a group of people based on creed.'
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)"
On Friday, May 10, in its first written response on 'Hua To Hua' remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Congress party 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
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."