BJP on Wednesday termed the shoe-hurling at Home Minister P Chidambaram as “unfortunate,” and said it was a clear message for Congress that it “failed” to deliver justice to anti-Sikh riot victims and should “refrain from rubbing salt on people’s wounds.”
“We condemn the unfortunate incident. But it needs to be added that a mature political leadership always looks for the message which an unsavoury incident brings along. Here, the message for the Congress party is that the victims of the anti-Sikh riots do feel that they have been denied justice”, party general secretary Arun Jaitley told reporters in Allahabad.
He said the outburst was the result of Congress’ failure to deliver justice to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and at the same time throwing its weight behind the alleged perpetrators of the crime.
“On the one hand, the Congress failed to ensure justice. On the other, it went on giving tickets to those accused of instigating the riots.
“It even expressed pleasure when these people were given a clean chit by the investigating agencies without realising that by doing so they were indeed mocking at the riot victims. The party would do better if it refrains from rubbing salt on people’s wounds,” Jaitley, the party’s in-charge of Bihar affairs, said.
On RJD supremo and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad’s controversial statement on Varun Gandhi, Jaitley said “uncivilised behaviour seems to have become his nature”.
“Lalu, who seems to be acting in desperation, should instead do some introspection. He ruled Bihar for 15 years and had an opportunity to change the face of the state during his long tenure. But, he chose to cash in on caste polarisation,” Jaitley added.