Apologise for 1984 remark, Was misinterpreted: Sam Pitroda

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Sam Pitroda alleged that he was misinterpreted over his “hua to hua” remark over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and expressed regret over the controversial statement. He also stated could not translate ‘bura’ in his mind as his Hindi is not good.

His apology came after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Sikh groups and Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked Pitroda. The prime minister even said it should not be taken as views of an individual but of the Congress party which was arrogant on the issue from the beginning. Congress also distanced itself from his remarks.

“What I meant was move on. We have other issues to discuss as to what BJP government did and what it delivered. I feel sorry that my remark was misrepresented, I apologise. This has been blown out of proportion.”

Clarifying further, Pitroda said: “The statement I made was completely twisted, taken out of context because my Hindi isn’t good, what I meant was ‘jo hua vo bura hua,’ I couldn’t translate ‘bura’ in my mind.”

Earlier, the Congress distanced itself from Pitroda’s comment on the 1984 riots that has set up a huge controversy, underlining that the party supports the “quest for justice” for the victims.

Congress said, “We continue to support the quest for justice for 1984 riot victims. Any opinion remark made by any individual to the contrary including Sam Pitroda is not the opinion of Congress party. We advise all the leaders to be careful and sensitive.”

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