Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said it was "wrong to compare Godhra riots to the 1984 carnage", saying what happened in Gujarat was a result of a "clash" between two communities, while the "carnage" of Sikhs was carried out by the-then ruling Congress at the Centre.
"The unfortunate incident that took place in Godhra in Gujarat was a riot, while the killings in1984 were a carnage of the Sikhs, undertaken at the behest of the-then Congress government at the Centre," Badal told mediapersons on the sidelines of a Sangat Darshan programme in Malout assembly here.
Badal alleged that the Centre had "deliberately" allowed the killings of Sikhs to take place by becoming a "mute spectator".
He claimed that several inquiries had "time and again" indicted the Congress leaders for their dubious role.
In an interview to a news channel, Rahul Gandhi had said, "The fact of the matter is that innocent people died in 1984, and innocent people dying is a horrible thing and should not happen."
"In spite of "several proofs", the "culprits" are still roaming free, and instead of taking any action against them, the Congress has been rewarding them with coveted posts," the chief minister said.
The veteran Akali leader also expressed concern over the killing of Punjabi youths in various foreign countries, including the Philippines, saying that the union government should take steps to safeguard the life and property of Punjabi youths settled abroad.
Earlier, addressing gatherings in various wards of the city, the CM said he was committed to ensure the welfare of the residents of the state "at any cost".
He added that there was "no question" of joining the national politics, and he would continue to serve the residents of the state.