New Delhi, Aug 25 : A day after the BJP demanded an apology from Congress President for his statement on 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Former Union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said Rahul Gandhi cannot be held responsible for something that happened when he was just 13 or 14.
“Congress was in office in 1984. A very terrible thing happened in 1984 for which Dr Manmohan Singh apologized in Parliament. You can’t hold Rahul Gandhi responsible for that, he was 13 or 14. He hasn’t absolved anyone,”P Chidambaram said on Rahul Gandhi’s statement on 1984 riots.
Speaking during an event at the UK Parliament, Rahul Gandhi had denied involvement of the Congress in the 1984 riots. Gandhi said: “I have no confusion in my mind about that. It was a tragedy, it was a painful experience. You say that the Congress party was involved in that, I don’t agree with that. Certainly there was violence, certainly there was tragedy.”
Later, during an interactive session at the London School of Economics (LSE) when he was again asked about the anti-Sikh riots and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement on it, Gandhi said: “When Manmohan Singh spoke, he spoke for all of us. As I said earlier, I am a victim of violence and I understand what it feels.”
“So, I am against any sort of violence against anybody on this planet. I get disturbed when I see anybody being hurt. So, I condemn that 100 per cent and I am 100 per cent for punishment for those involved in any violence against anybody. That’s crystal clear,” said Gandhi.
Chidamabarm demands public debate & detailed inquiry on Rafale jet deal
Chidamabaram stepped up attack on the government over the Rafale fighter jet issue and demanded a detailed inquiry and a public debate on the matter.
Chidambaram accused the Centre of ignoring the defence procurement procedure and “bypassing” several committees to secure the deal. The former finance minister also alleged the Cabinet Committee on Security was not taken into confidence by the government before signing the deal. ”
“We think that the matter is serious enough that there should be a public debate & there should be a detailed inquiry. Which is why the Congress President & the party has raised it,” he said.
“Why was the defence procurement procedure ignored in the Rafale deal and why were the Contract Negotiation Committee and the Price Negotiation Committee kept in the dark about it? The Cabinet Committee on Security was also not taken into confidence,” he said.