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Amarinder Singh on PM Modi’s 1984 tragedy remark: ‘what if someone links you to Godhra’

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 May 2019, 11:06 IST

Attacking Prime minister Narendra Modi over his remark on late PM Rajiv Gandhi and linking ‘1984 anti-Sikh riots' to him, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday come up with 2002 Godhra riots in Gujarat. Punjab CM asked, “What if someone links Modi with Godhra?"

Earlier, the BJP had tweeted a video that showed Rajiv Gandhi saying: "When a tree falls, the earth shakes." the video was a reference to the assassination of former PM Indira Gandhi leading to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that killed thousands across the country.

Captain Amarinder Singh, who termed 1984 riots as ‘shocking’, however, he disagreed Sam Pitroda’s remark ‘Hua to Hua (happened what has happened) on the riots, said "The 1984 riots was a big tragedy, and its victims haven't received justice yet. If some individual leaders were allegedly involved in the riots, they should be punished as per law.”

"Some leaders may have been involved in the riots, but that does not mean that PM Modi can implicate Rajiv Gandhi or the Congress," he said, adding that the PM Modi would do well to recall that the names of many BJP and RSS leaders had also figured in police FIRs.

Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh’s reference to Godhra relates to the death of at least 1,000 people – among whom most of them were Muslims, in three day long riots following the 59 kar sewaks or Hindu volunteers death, who died in a fire on the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002. During which PM Modi was the Chief Minister of the state. Singh added PM Modi was "dragging" Rajiv Gandhi's name to divert attention from the real issues.

Also read: Rahul Gandhi on Sam Pitroda's remark: Comments on 1984 tragedy 'completely out of line'

First published: 11 May 2019, 11:06 IST