Fatehgarh Sahib/Hoshiarpur, May 13 : Even as he unleashed a tirade against Narendra Modi for his unabashed lies and the deceit perpetuated against the people in the last five years, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday declared that those guilty of the 1984 riots should and will be punished, reiterating that Sam Pitroda’s `hua to hua’ remark on the tragic events was shameful.
Calling the riots totally wrong and tragic, the AICC chief said Pitroda should be ashamed of his remark on the 1984 riots and should publicly apologise for it. Flanked by Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and AICC secretary in charge of Punjab Asha Kumari, Rahul said he had personally called up Pitroda to demand an unequivocal apology, which the people of India wanted and deserved for his controversial remarks. Those responsible for the riots should and will be punished, he declared, addressing rallies in support of party Fatehgarh Sahib candidate Dr Amar Singh, Hoshiarpur candidate Dr Raj Kumar Chabbewal and Jalandhar candidate Santokh Singh Chaudhary.
Giving a further boost of energy to the party’s campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, polling for which is due in Punjab on May 19, the Congress chief termed these polls an ideological fight between false promises and realistic commitments. (UNI)