After Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in a rare television interview, the union government on Thursday attempted damage control by saying the episode was “extremely sad and unfortunate” but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had apologised several times for it already.
“The PM has apologised both in Parliament and outside,” union minister of state for information and broadcasting Manish Tewari told reporters here. He excused himself from commenting further on the riots on the pretext that the matter was sub judice.
THE PRIME MINISTER HAS APOLOGISED BOTH IN PARLIAMENT AND OUTSIDE... THE UPA GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN SYMPATHETIC TO THE RIOT VICTIMS MANISH TEWARI, union minister
“The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) gover nment has always been sympathetic to the victims,” the minister said, however, amid a raging controversy over Rahul’s view that some Congressmen might have been involved in the riots that followed the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi and that the regime of Rajiv Gandhi had tried to stop those after taking over.
SEND PROPOSAL FOR PROBE: LT GOVERNOR
Lt Governor Najeeb Jung said on Thursday that he had asked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to send him a proposal if he wanted a probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
“Arvind met me and expressed the wish for a SIT (special investigation team) probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. So, I have told him to sent me a proposal for the same,” Jung told mediapersons. Earlier on Thursday, Kejriwal confirmed his meeting with the Lt Governor (LG) and said: “Sometime next week, we will put forward the suggestion to the cabinet and if passed, the proposal would be sent to the LG.”