Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar condemned the comments made by Indian Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda on Thursday wherein he had brushed off the violent mass genocide of thousands of Sikhs in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Speaking in the matter, the Union Minister said that a shocking and unacceptable statement has come from Congress president Rahul Gandhi's guru and former PM Rajiv Gandhi's colleague Sam Pitroda.
"Today, a shocking statement has come from Sam Pitroda, Rahul's guru and Rajiv's colleague. He has said that whatever has happened in '84, where 3000 Sikhs were burnt alive, and he says 'hua to hua, hua to kya hua'. This is never heard. Nobody has said this. Rajiv Gandhi had justified this genocide by saying when the big tree falls, earth tremors. Science doesn't say this. Science says the opposite - when Earth tremours, trees fall. This is today shocker by Sam Pitroda is absolutely horrible. Can't accept it," the BJP leader said.
Condemning the statements made by Sam Pitroda, Prakash Javadekar further demanded UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to apologise over the Congress leader's comments.
"We condemn this and we demand that Sonia Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi should apologise not only to the Sikhs but to the nation. If this is the guru, what can be the chela? People will teach you a lesson democratically," Prakash Javadekar added.
Sam Pitroda was speaking to media on the BJP's charge citing the Nanavati commission report that the instructions for the violence had come from then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Answering to media's question, Pitroda 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)".
This came following a tweet issues by BJP, 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."