Countering what Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has said in a recent interview, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said Sikh community's anger against his party was justified, since the Congress had not only sponsored the 1984 massacre but also sat and watched.
"Since the interview, the entire country is agitated at Rahul's lie that the Congress did everything possible to stem the riots," said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, adding: "Those were not riots but a pogrom carried out by the Congress, and thousands of Sikhs were burnt alive."
"You (the Congress) did not call the military. Police did not fire a single bullet or arrest anybody. And they give a clean chit to the Congress leaders. It was ethnic cleansing the kind of which the country has never seen," Javadekar added.
Security outside the Congress office here is beefed up as protests are likely to continue. In an interview to a television channel on Monday, Rahul Gandhi had said: "The difference between 1984 and Gujarat was that in 1984, the government was trying to stop the riots."