Sam Pitroda apologized on Friday for his “hua toh hua” (it happened, so what?) statement on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots after being called out by BJP and warned by his Congress party. Pitroda apologized shortly after Congress distanced itself from the comments and warned other members to be careful.
Pitroda found himself in trouble after his response to the BJP's claim that the Nanavati Commission that probed the 1984 carnage had said "instructions to kill" came directly from the office of then PM Rajiv Gandhi.
“You speak about what you have done in five years. It happened in 1984, so what? What have you done," Sam Pitroda told news agency ANI sparking a controversy.
PM Narendra Modi reacted to the issue by saying, "Congress, which ruled for a long time, has been insensitive and that is reflected by the three words spoken yesterday... these words have not been spoken just like that, these words are character and mentality and intentions of the Congress. And which were these words, these were 'hua toh hua'," PM Modi said.
While clearing out the air, Pitroda told News Agency ANI, "What I meant was move on. We have other issues to discuss as to what the BJP government did and what it delivered. I feel sorry that my remark was misrepresented, I apologize. This has been blown out of proportion."
Congress had made a statement earlier saying "Any remark made by an individual is certainly not the opinion of the party," after facing attacks from the BJP in the middle of an acrimonious election campaign and just on the verge of the Delhi election.
"We advise all leaders of our party to be careful. Justice has to be done for 1984 as well as the 2002 riots. The BJP is not interested in justice but to exploit the riots for votes," said the Congress.
The BJP's Delhi unit asked the police to file an FIR against Sam Pitroda.