Khanna, May 13 : Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked senior party leader and chief of Overseas Congress Sam Pitroda to apologise for his remarks dismissing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that took place in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
Addressing a rally here in favour of party candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib (reserved) Amar Singh, the AICC president said he had asked Pitroda that he should feel ashamed on his remarks and should apologise.
Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda, who is considered to be close to Rahul Gandhi, had on last Thursday reportedly said “hua to hua (so what, it happened)” about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, leading to massive criticism from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over unfulfiled promises, Mr Gandhi said that the former made tall promises to the people of country only to wrest power, but has failed miserably to fulfil even a single promise. He said that BJP has failed to provide employment to crores of youth, could not bring back black money stashed abroad, and forgotten farmers--the spine of Indian economy.
Hailing his party's vision, he said that Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme, under which an amount of up to Rs 72,000 per year would be directly transferred in the accounts of a woman member of the poor family, is not a promise but a concrete policy, rolled out after the series of brainstorming sessions of the renowned economists of the country.