Congress on Tuesday termed as "unfortunate" the incident of Sikh journalist Jarnail Singh hurling a shoe at Home Minister P Chidambaram in the midst of a press conference, though the party made it clear that it does not want the issue to be raked up further.
"In democracy everybody has the right to raise issues but hurling of a shoe as an expression of anger is most unfortunate," party spokesperson Ashwini Kumar told reporters.
Kumar said that the journalist who was taken into police custody after the incident, had already been released and the party wants the chapter to be closed.
He also said that the Home Minister has "shown magnanimity and ignored the issue and the party is of the view that the issue should come to an end now."
The Congress spokesperson, however, maintained that the incident has dealt a blow to the dignity of journalism. "There is a relationship of open communication between journalists and politicians and in this backdrop this incident is very unfortunate," he said.
When asked if it was a publicity stunt by the journalist, he said, "how can I say what intention he had?"
To a question on whether the incident reflects the latent anger among the community over the CBI's clean chit to Jagdish Tytler, Kumar evaded a direct reply but said that Congress party has repeatedly made its stand clear that the riots were unfortunate and should not have occurred.