Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took forward the Sam Pitroda’s 1984 remarks controversy by saying that Rahul Gandhi should be ashamed of himself rather than reprimanding Sam Pitroda for his remarks.

"Congress is struggling to win 50 seats because the Congress leader is confused and their thinking is diffused," he said at a poll rally. He said the opposition party's arrogance was at its peak.

Replying to a reporter's question on the 1984 riots, Pitroda, a close friend of Rahul Gandhi and head of the Overseas Congress had last week said "Hua to hua (so what?)" in a statement which was originally:

“You speak about what you have done in five years. It happened in 1984, so what? What have you done,"

Pitroda later said his words were blown out of proportion and also apologized. Rahul Gandhi too accepted Pitroda's mistake and the party distanced themselves from the comment while warning other leaders to be careful.

Modi said: "Namdaar (dynast) should be ashamed of himself for failing to get justice to the victim of the 1984 riots, adding those involved in the genocide would not be spared? He then asked Congress how long will they rub salt into wounds while addressing a poll rally in Bathinda.

Polling to the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will be held on May 19th.