Seeing distorting of the latest comments from Rahul Gandhi on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday stood up for his party's vice-president and took on the Shiormani Akali Dal leadership.
Amarinder, permanent invitee to Congress Working Committee (CWC), was severe on CM Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy, Sukhbir Singh Badal, particularly for what they had interpreted of Rahul's television interview broadcast on Monday.
"Nothing can be more preposterous than the Akalis' seeking Rahul's apology for the 1984 riots," said Amarinder, adding: "Rahul was only 13 years then. How can you blame someone for something he is not even associated with remotely?" Amarinder said, advising the Akalis to instead appreciate that Rahul had not defended any of the accused.
"Should you be blamed for the sins of your party colleagues?" Amarinder asked Badal, adding: "If that is the case, you should be in jail."
He recalled that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had expressed regrets at Darbar Sahib over what had happened in 1984, and later, the Prime Minister had also apologised in Parliament.
Over the BJP's trying to justify what happened in Gujarat in 2002 with 1984, he said: "One wrong cannot justify another."