Nobody should politicise Rajiv`s assassination: Congress

Congress on Tuesday said nobody should politicise the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in comments that came after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa`s remarks that the DMK was indirectly behind it.

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday said nobody
should politicise the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in
comments that came after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J
Jayalalithaa`s remarks that the DMK was indirectly behind it.

Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said that
Congress was "extremely sensitive" about the issue of Gandhi`s
assassination.

"There should be no attempts to politicise such a
dastardly incident, which has reverberated not only across the
country but across the world," Tewari said.

"People should refrain from trying to politicise a
tragedy of the proportions, which are undefinable," he told
reporters here.

His comments came after Jayalalithaa told a press
conference in Chennai that her party "always said DMK was
behind the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in an indirect way."

She said this when asked about the remarks of
Pathmanathan, leader of the now decimated LTTE that DMK`s
ideology (of anti-Brahminism) could have influenced LTTE to
kill Gandhi.

"That has been our basic charge since a long time. We
have always said DMK was behind the assassination of Rajiv
Gandhi in an indirect way," the Tamilnadu Chief Minister said.

A senior Congress leader speaking on the condition of
anonymity, however, said that this was nothing but an attempt
to drive a wedge between Congress and DMK and reorder the
equations.

Jayalalithaa`s party has been warming up to Congress
even before the Assembly elections and the AIADMK chief had
offered to support the UPA government if the DMK withdrew
support in wake of action against its leaders in 2G scam.

After the election results, Congress President Sonia
Gandhi had congratulated Jayalalithaa leading to intense
media speculation about the two parties coming together again.

PTI

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