Patiala: Hitting out at PM Modi for targeting the Congress and the Gandhi family over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Friday said what if someone linked the PM with the 2002 riots in Gujarat’s Godhra. “It is wrong of Modi to connect (former PM) Rajiv Gandhi with the anti-Sikh riots of 1984. What if someone starts linking Modi with Godhra,” he told reporters in Patiala.
Singh said it did not behove the PM of the country to “stoop” to such levels for winning elections. He asserted the involvement of some individuals in the 1984 riots did not mean Modi could implicate Rajiv Gandhi or the Congress in it. “By the same yardstick, Modi should also have been implicated in the Godhra attack,” the CM said, while asking the PM to refrain from “undermining the prestige of his position with such crude and baseless statements”.
“Modi should not forget the names of several BJP and RSS leaders had figured in the 1984 riots FIR,” he said, calling for action in accordance with law against all those found responsible for the mayhem unleashed on innocent Sikhs. “Modi is unnecessarily dragging Rajiv Gandhi’s name to court controversies and divert attention, with his lies, from the real issues,” Singh said. About Congress Pitroda’s reported statement on the 1984 riots, he said, “If Pitroda has actually said this, it is shocking.”
About the 1984 riots, Pitroda had reportedly said, “84 mein hua to hua.” Describing the riots, which took place in the aftermath of then PM Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards, as a big tragedy and stressing that justice was yet to be meted out to the victims, Singh said, “If some leaders were involved in the riots, they should be punished as per law.” Slamming Modi, Singh said the PM had not uttered a single word on the work done by his govt in the last five years. Modi and his BJP had been totally exposed and were now clutching at non-existent straws in their desperation to get back into the poll race, he said.