After taking a soft stand towards Pakistan, senior Congress loyalist Sam Pitroda speaking to Republic TV refused to apologise for his comments, instead accentuated on how he is 'entitled to ask questions in a democracy' and further went on to ask for 'facts and data'
He said, "I have the right to ask questions, as a citizen I need to know more. You may agree, you may disagree., Democracy is all about asking questions, creating dialogue, discourse, discussion, collaboration, co-operation. What's the problem?"
"It is not insult, why do you assume its an insult? what kind of a logic is this? There is no confusion, what our Forces did I respect that, we respect our jawans and it has nothing to do with asking questions, first of all nobody can insult you except yourself. You can't insult me, I can insult myself. So this idea of insult is totally bogus. If asking questions somebody gets insulted, its a serious issue. I want facts and data," he added.
When questioned if he was summoned by Rahul Gandhi, he refused saying, "Rahul Gandhi did not call me. I went there with my choice . None summoned me. Rahul gandhi can't summon anyone just like that. I will not apologize. I haven't done anything."
Earlier on Friday, speaking over 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and Pulwama attack, he said that one cannot jump to Pakistan only because few terrorists entered the country and attacked it.
"Don’t know much about attacks, it happens all the time. An attack happened in Mumbai also. We could have then reacted and just sent our planes but that is not right approach. According to me, that is not how you deal with the world. Eight people (26/11 terrorists) come and do something, you don’t jump on the entire nation (Pakistan). Naive to assume that just because some people came here and attacked, every citizen of that nation is to be blamed. I don’t believe in that way," said Sam Pitroda as quoted by news agency ANI.
He further questioned the government asking for evidence, and cited that the 'global media' says nobody was killed.
"If you say 300 people were killed, we all need to know that. All the Indians need to know that. Then comes the global media which says nobody was killed, I look bad as an Indian citizen. I would like to know more as I have read in New York Times & other newspapers, what did we really attack? We really killed 300 people?," he added.