Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on New Delhi refused to be drawn into the controversy over the remarks of Union Minister A R Antulay on the killing of Maharahstra ATS chief Hemant Karkare.
"Mumbai was a very big tragedy. Whatever I had to say about this, I had already spoken about it on the floor of the House (Lok Sabha). My thoughts about Mumbai are very clear and I have said then on the floor.
"Other senior leaders in the Congress will discuss this (Antulay's remarks)," he told reporters here. Gandhi, who is on a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency, was asked what was his stand on Antulay's controversial remarks.
Meanwhile, Congress spokesman and Union Minister Shakeel Ahmed wondered why the media was focusing on Antulay's remarks but ignoring statements being made by others like a Bihar JD(U) MP Ejaz Ali, who had demanded in the Rajya Sabha an investigation into Karkare's killing. Or for that matter the remarks of BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh said politicians must be restrained in their comments. "Antulay is a senior leade and a good friend and I am not not demanding his resignation. But Antulay is aying that media has distorted his statement. I am not not ready to accept this." he said.