Gadkari takes U-turn, says media misquoted him on `84 riots
BJP national president Nitin Gadkari on Monday claimed that a section of media has misquoted him on giving clean chit to Congress for 1984 riots in Delhi.
Nagpur: BJP national president Nitin Gadkari on Monday claimed that a section of media has misquoted him on giving clean chit to Congress for 1984 riots in Delhi.
"I have not said such thing and have been quoted out
of context by the said media," Gadkari said here today.
He said his statement was totally misinterpreted. The
reference was riots in Gujarat where Chief Minister Narendra
Modi was being accused for it and held responsible, he added.
Agency reports had earlier quoted Gadkari as saying that it was not entirely correct to blame the then Congress government for initiating the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
In an interview to BBC Hindi Service, Gadkari said: "Some people might be involved in those riots but it would not be entirely correct to say that the riots were initiated by the government.
"Nobody can manipulate or organise such incidents; these are unfortunate reactions of the people at large," he added.
Gadkari was replying to questions on the alleged involvement of the BJP and its government in the demolition of the Babri mosque and the 1992 Gujarat riots.
"Gujarat riots were unfortunate. But when riots take place in other states, why aren`t governments and chief ministers blamed for that?" the newly elected BJP president asked.
"Why don`t you corner Congress governments and their chief ministers for riots which took place in Congress-governed states, the way you are cornering Modi and the BJP? Riots took place in Mumbai in 1992 and the way Sikhs were killed in Delhi..."
(With PTI inputs)