Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi’s close aide Sam Pitroda came out with an absolutely shocking comment. When he was asked about the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots- “When a big tree falls, the land shakes”, Sam Pitroda was almost disregarding of the entire carnage.
He trivialized the massacre. Listen to what he said!
#WATCH Sam Pitroda: Ab kya hai '84 ka? Aapne kya kiya 5 saal mein, uski baat kariye. '84 mein hua to hua. Aapne kya kiya? You were voted to create jobs. You were voted to create 200 smart cities. Aapne wo bhi nahi kiya. Aapne kuch nahi kiya isliye aap yahan wahan gup lagate hain. pic.twitter.com/9SMMUW5Hll
— ANI (@ANI) May 9, 2019
A riot in which thousands of Sikhs were killed and displaced has become “Hua toh hua” for the grand old party.
When news agency ANI asked PM Modi to comment on Sam Pitroda’s remarks, he said, “ It reflects Congress’s mentality. Rajiv Gandhi had said ‘when a big tree falls earth shakes’. They even made Kamal Nath in charge of Punjab, now made him MP CM. So don’t take this as an individual’s statement.”
#WATCH: PM Narendra Modi to ANI on Sam Pitroda's remarks on 1984 riots, "Reflects Congress's mentality. Rajiv Gandhi had said 'when a big tree falls earth shakes'. They even made Kamal Nath incharge of Punjab, now made him MP CM. So don't take this as an individual's statement" pic.twitter.com/V3MOJZMQYe
— ANI (@ANI) May 10, 2019
The 1984 anti-Sikh riots, also known as the 1984 Sikh Massacre, was a series of organized pogroms against Sikhs in India in response to the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards
After the assassination of Indira Gandhi on 31 October 1984 by two of her Sikh bodyguards, anti-Sikh riots erupted the following day. They continued in some areas for several days, killing more than 3,000 Sikhs in New Delhi and an estimated 8,000 – 17,000 or more Sikhs were killed in 40 cities across India. Thousands of Sikh women were raped.
After Indira Gandhi’s death, her son Rajiv Gandhi was chosen to hold the helm. On the very first day of his prime ministry, Rajiv Gandhi said in his speech- “When a big tree falls, the land shakes.”
The Congress party always avoided talking about 1984 Sikh riots and taking responsibility for the fatal incident. Congress leader and Rahul Gandhi’s mentor- Sam Pitroda- scratched an old wound.
Pitroda is being slammed on social media for his insensitive comment on Sikh genocide in India. The number of deaths is still highest in any riot in India post-Independent.