After Congress leader Sam Pitroda brushed off the violent 1984 genocide that killed thousands from the Sikh community saying '1984 happened, so what', Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa said that the Congress party has 'reiterated their mentality towards the Sikh community of disgust', further saying that they have been 'fighting for the families seeking justice'.
Sirsa even held Rajiv Gandhi responsible for dictating the targetted killing of the Sikh community.
He said, "Today Congress after 35 years reiterated that their mentality towards the Sikh community is of disgust and poisonous. Sam Pitroda, a senior Congress leader says that forget about 1984 tell us about employment, we don't want employment, or shops, but we have been fighting for those families who have been asking for Justice."
"You did not forget your family. Rahul Gandhi did not forget his grandmother or father, should we forget our families, because you want us to forget 1984 because you have embraced people like Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath. But, people of this country can never forget 1984. The genocide that happened on the instructions and orders of Rajiv Gandhi to kill the Sikhs. We have never forgotten 1984 and we will never forget. The only thing we wanted to forget was the mentality of the Congress party however we have not forgotten," he added.
Over the remark, Akali Dal leader Manjit Singh GK has even demanded the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to either take a stand over the issue or resign.
Indian Overseas Congress chief and Gandhi loyalist Sam Pitroda on Thursday made an absolutely appalling statement over the violent mass genocide of thousands of members of the Sikh community in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Speaking to media on the BJP's charge citing the Nanavati commission report that the instructions for the violence had come from then Rajiv Gandhi who had taken up the post of Prime Minister after his mother was killed, 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)"
Earlier in the day, the BJP had issued the following tweet, 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."
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.