While Rahul Gandhi has asked the Congress' Indian Overseas chief Sam Pitroda to seek apology over his 'Hua to Hua' comment on the barbaric 1984 Anti-Sikh riot, he himself not taken accountability of the Congress party and the Gandhi family's complicity, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has alleged.
During an address the Congress president said that he told Pitroda that what he said was wrong, and asked for a public apology.
He said, "What Sam Pitroda said about 1984 is absolutely wrong and he should seek apology from the country, I called him and said whatever you have said is wrong, you should feel ashamed and you should call for a public apology."
However, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of the Akali Dal retaliated saying that "it is not about Sam Pitroda" but about the Gandhi family and accused them of not apologising.
He said, "It is not about Sam Pitroda, it is about the Congress and the Gandhi family. Till date the Gandhi family has never apologised for 1984. Now Rahul Gandhi specifically says that I told Sam Pitroda, that you were wrong and you would have to apologise, secondly it is clear that he will not apologise, whatever we have done in 1984 we will stand by that."
"Rahul Gandhi is aware that his father, Rajiv Gandhi had ordered 1984 massacre. People like Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler with him. Now today if they apologise, Tytler and Kumar will open their mouth, they will say that you did it and now you're apologising," he added.
However, Rahul Gandhi has maintained that his mother Sonia Gandhi and former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh have already apologised for the tragedy.
A day after making the insensitive 'hua to hua', instead of apologising, Pitroda put the blame behind his 'poor Hindi'
After learning about this incident, Congress president Rahul Gandhi releasing a statement called the comment 'out of line' and said that he was ask for an apology from the Indian Overseas Congress leader.
Calling it a tragedy that caused 'tremendous pain' and something that shouldn't have happened, the Congress president further stated that justice must be served and those responsible must be punished.
His statement read:
I think what Sam Pitroda Ji said is completely out of line and he should apologise for it.
I think 1984 was a needless tragedy that caused tremendous pain.
I think justice has to be done. The people who were responsible for the 1984 tragedy have to be punished. The Former PM, Manmohan Singh Ji has apologised. My mother, Sonia Gandhi Ji has apologised. We all have made our position very clear - that 1984 was a terrible tragedy and should never have happened.
What Mr. Sam Pitroda has said is absolutely and completely out of line and is not appreciated. I will be communicating this to him directly. He must apologise for his comment.
Pitroda 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."
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)"
The senior Congress leader recieved flak from the BJP bigwigs, including PM Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, as well as Opposition leaders.