NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has drawn a distinction between the 2002 Gujarat riots and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots on the grounds that while the violence in Gujarat was aided and abetted by the Narendra Modi state government, in the 1984 riots the government tried to stop the violence.
Asked in an interview why certain Congress leaders like Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler were facing court cases if the Congress government, indeed, tried to stop the 1984 riots, Rahul didn't respond directly, but eventually acknowledged that some Congressmen were probably involved in the riots.Asked if the Congress leaders accused of involvement in the riots had been delivered justice, the Gandhi scion said that "there is a legal process through which they have gone through".
"The difference between the 84 riots and the riots in Gujarat was that in 1984 the government was trying to stop the riots. I remember, I was a child then, I remember the Government was doing everything it could to stop the riots. In Gujarat the opposite was the case. The Government in Gujarat was actually abetting and pushing the riots further. So there is a huge difference between the two things, saying that innocent people dying is absolutely wrong," he said.
Asked to explain, the Congress vice president said:"I am saying that there was difference between the 1984 riots and the riots in Gujarat. The difference was that the Government in 1984 was trying to stop the riots, trying to stop the killing whereas the Government in Gujarat was allowing the riots to happen."