1984 anti-Sikh riots a ‘tragedy’, ‘painful experience’; Congress not involved: Rahul Gandhi

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In a remark that could trigger a fresh political controversy, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said that his party was not involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Rahul, who is on a two-day visit to the UK, described the massacre of Sikhs as a It was a tragedy, it was a painful experience. You say that the Congress party was involved in that, I don Certainly there was violence, certainly there was tragedy, The Congress president said that violence against anybody is wrong, adding that perpetrators should be punished. Within minutes, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) launched a scathing attack on the Congress president saying he was rubbing salt into the wounds of the Sikh community. When the Congress faced with fresh embarrassment, it fielded former Union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram to defend Rahul. Chidambaram said that no one can hold Rahul Gandhi responsible for 1984 massacre. Now, you can He has not absolved anyone. We are not absolving the Congress of it, The full text is there, you can have a look at it, Notably, the Congress president had in 2014 told a news channel that At that time also, the Congress party was seen struggling to defend Rahul Chidambaram further cited the apology by Manmohan Singh. He said that as far as 1984 is concerned, Sonia Gandhi has apologised for it several times