New Delhi: Challenging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise for 1992 anti-Muslim riots like Sonia Gandhi did for 1984 anti-Sikh riots, a Congress leader from Punjab neither he nor his party ever endorsed violence.
“Neither my party nor do I support the 1984 (anti-Sikh) riots. Sonia Gandhi visited Golden Temple and apologised in front of the media. Manmohan Singh also apologised in Parliament. In the last 33 years, the BJP has been adding insult to our injury. Can Narendra Modi visit the Jama Masjid and apologise for 1992 riots?” Charan Singh Sapra of Congress said at an event organized by News18 India.
The 1984 anti-Sikh riots were triggered by the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguard months after Operation Blue Star. The 1992 anti-Muslim riots broke out following the demolition of Ayodhya’s Babri Masjid by kar sevaks.
Thousands of Sikhs and Muslims were massacred in both the riots.
While Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Congress party apologised for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots - not once but many times, huge amount in compensation and rehabilitation measures were announced for those affected in the riot.
In contrast to this, neither the culprits involved in 1992 anti-Muslim riots were booked nor any compensation or rehabilitation measures for those affected in the riot were announced by any government.
On the contrary, rubbing salt on the wounds of Muslims, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and other Sangh Parivar leaders boasted their effort in demolishing the Babri Masjid and never expressed any kind of remorse over the massacre of innocents in the riots.