Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hit out at the Congress party over controversial remarks by its senior leader, Sam Pitroda, on the 1984 riots. He said the "Hua to hua" comment on the anti-Sikh riots showed the "character and mentality" of the party.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu campaigns in support of Congress leader and Lok Sabha candidate from Guna Lok Sabha constituency Jyotiraditya Scindia after a friendly cricket match played in between the teams of Sidhu and Scindia as part of an election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls, in Shivpuri on Friday.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sam Pitroda’s controversial comment: I think justice has to be done. The people who were responsible for the 1984 tragedy have to be punished. The Former PM, Manmohan Singh Ji has apologised. My mother, Sonia Gandhi Ji has apologised. We all have made our position very clear - that 1984 was a terrible tragedy and should never have happened. What Sam Pitroda has said is absolutely and completely out of line and is not appreciated. I will be communicating this to him directly. He must apologise for his comment.
Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi on Twitter slams Sam Pitroda's comments: 'Did it happen in 1984?' Such a insensitive statement had never been thought that senior political advisors of any political party can give.
‘1984 हुआ तो हुआ?’— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) May 10, 2019
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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti condemns Sam Pitroda’s comments. “Just when one thought Cong was maintaining civility in this year’s elections, #HuaToHua happens. Admire Sam Pitroda for his contributions to but trivialising the horrific 1984 riots is unacceptable & a self goal for Congress. A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend,” she said.
Just when one thought Cong was maintaining civility in this year’s elections, #HuaToHua happens. Admire Sam Pitroda for his contributions to 🇮🇳 but trivialising the horrific 1984 riots is unacceptable & a self goal for Congress. A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) May 10, 2019
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CLICK TO READ | 'Don't Agree With Him': Amarinder Singh on Sam Pitroda's 'So What' Response to Anti-Sikh Riots
Amarinder Singh disagreed with Pitroda, who kicked up a storm for his comment on the anti-Sikh riots, said that the people who were behind the massacre should be punished.
Delhi BJP Leader Files Police Complaint Against Sam Pitroda | Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Singh Bagga on Friday lodged a police complaint seeking registration of a case against Congress leader Sam Pitroda for allegedly hurting sentiments of Sikh community with his remarks on 1984 riots. Pitroda, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi and Overseas Congress' head, had on Thursday reportedly said "hua to hua" (so what, it happened) about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Bagga said he has also filed a complaint against the Congress leaders with National Commission for Minorities seeking action for his comment. "I have filed a complaint at Parliament Street police station and also lodged protest over Pitroda's comment at the National Commission for Minorities, seeking action against him for hurting sentiments of Sikhs who were victims in 1984 riots," he said.
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Congress: We believe that justice should be done to 1984 riots victims as also to 2002 Gujarat riots victims. We abhor violence of any kind, against any person or a group of people based on their caste, colour, region or religion. This is the essence of India. We continue to support the quest for justice for 1984 riot victims. Any opinion remark made by any individual to the contrary including Sam Pitroda is not the opinion of Congress party.
Former Jammu & Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah compares Congress leader Sam Pitroda's remark with PM Modi's description of Gujarat riots in an interview. Modi had said that If “someone else is driving a car and we’re sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is. If I’m a chief minister or not, I’m a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad.”
“Hua toh hua” is right up there with if "someone else is driving a car and we're sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not?” as callous reactions to mass murder in pogroms.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 10, 2019
File photo of BJP leader Smriti Irani. (PTI)
While Modi hit out at the Congress during an election rally in Haryana’s Rohtak on Friday, top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, also slammed the opposition party.
BSP supremo Mayawati has once again raked up Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s caste and has asked if the RSS would have let him become the PM if he was of a backward caste. “Modi ji is not an OBC since birth that is why he has not gone through pain that they go through. He should have not given 'jaativaad' comment on our gathbandhan,” she said.
She said that Modi’s dream of becoming the PM again would not be fulfilled and said the the kind of language he is using against the opposition shows he is not sure of winning the election. Mayawati has repeatedly alleged that Modi calls himself "backward" for political gain despite being from an upper caste.
The war of words over the vulgar pamphlet about AAP leader Atishi, which the party alleges was circulated by BJP’s Gautam Gambhir, continues with Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia saying the party would file a defamation case against the former cricketer. Gambhir has strongly denied the charge and sent a defamation notice to Atishi, Arvind Kejriwal and Sisodia on Thursday and said he would quit politics if the charge against him is proven.
He said he feels ashamed that AAP stooped to such a level. “I feel ashamed that my state has a CM like Kejriwal. If they have proof against me they should go to the courts and I will reply to them. I belong to a family that has 5 women and I have always been taught to respect women,” he said. Friday is the last day of campaigning for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections, which will be held in 59 constituencies spread across six states on Sunday. The second last phase of polls is set to decide the fate of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Union minister Maneka Gandhi, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and his rival from BJP Pragya Thakur among others.
Voting will be held in 14 seats of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana's ten seats, four each in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, seven in Delhi and four in Jharkhand. Bharatiya Janata Party had won 44 of the 59 seats going to polls on May 12. Congress's east UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi is geared up for a hectic day on Friday with rallies scheduled in UP's Jaunpur, Pratapgarh and Sultanpur. In Sultanpur, Gandhi will hold a roadshow in support of Sanjay Singh, who has been pitted against her aunt Maneka Gandhi.
The Congress leader will also address a public meeting in Sidharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar and Bhadoi. The grand old party is quite hopeful in eight seats of Madhya Pradesh — Bhind, Bhopal, Dewas, Guna, Gwalior, Morena, Rajgarh and Sagar. Out of these eight seats, the BJP had failed to win only Guna in 2014. In fact, the BJP had won 27 out of the 29 seats in the state.
Similar to Gujarat, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, a direct contest between the BJP and Congress is expected in MP. A total of 979 candidates are in the fray. A survey report issued by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) states that of the 967 candidates, 311 are crorepatis. The states have also beefed up their security for the sixth phase. While over 71,000 security personnel will be deployed by Centre in West Bengal to ensure violence-free elections, 60,000 personnel, including the Home Guards and paramilitary forces, will be on duty in New Delhi.
To avoid improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Maoist-affected Jangalmahal area of Bengal, security personnel have been directed not to move in vehicles, officials said. In Delhi, a public notice will be issued by poll authorities on Saturday to disseminate information to voters about the option of using NOTA (none of the above) if they wish to reject all candidates. The metro train services in Delhi will also begin from 4 am, two hours earlier than regular timing, on May 12 so that the staff deployed for election duty can avail the facility for travelling.
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