Published On: Fri, Jan 31st, 2014


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After a freaky comment on BJP over Gujarat riots in 2002 ,where he targeted the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, accusing his administration in Gujarat of abetting attacks against Muslims there in  series of riots in 2002. In reply, the opposition criticised the ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday for avoiding any expression of regret for the killings of Sikhs in riots three decades ago, a sensitive issue that threatens to dog him in a tight election due by May.

Gandhi said the government led by his Congress party did everything it could to control the violence against minority Sikhs in retaliation for the assassination of his grandmother, then prime minister Indira Gandhi, by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the riots and rights activists accuse the Congress of having turned a blind eye and say some of its leaders helped orchestrate the violence.

Gandhi in a rare interview broadcast on Monday night said the riots were horrible and that some members of the Congress party may have been involved. But they had been punished and the government had, at the time, tried to stop the attacks.He said he had nothing to do with the violence when asked if he would apologise or at least express regret.

But Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), rejected the accusation and said Gandhi was wrong to draw a comparison between the two incidents.According senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley  “Congress leaders were seen leading the mobs,” said of the 1984 violence. “Sikhs were massacred at thousands of places. Nowhere did the police fire a single bullet to disperse mobs. Cases were not investigated.” “Where did Rahul Gandhi get this idea that in 1984 there was no participation of the state?” Sikhs make up about 2 percent of Hindu-majority India’s population of 1.2 billion.

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