Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has now taken to taken to Twitter to clarify the air about his 'Muslim blood on our hands' remark and has put the blame on media for 'distorting' his answer to a student's question.
Media saddens. They question right to speak truth. They distort reply to isolated hostile question by imputing confession instead of reporting ‘despite allegations would you deny our duty to protect you from harm?’ Sensationalism for profit?
— Salman Khurshid (@salman7khurshid) April 24, 2018
On Tuesday, Khurshid had said the Congress had the blood of many Muslims on its hands replying to a student's query at the Aligarh Muslim University.
Khurshid, a former Union minister, however, added that the Congress will discuss such instances so others can learn from their mistakes, CNN-News18 reported.
— News18 (@CNNnews18) April 24, 2018
Khurshid was addressing an event at the Aligarh Muslim University and responding to a question seeking his comment on the anti-Muslim riots and the Babri Masjid demolition during the Congress rule, according to a report in The Financial Express.
“Our hem is tainted by blood stains… and that is why you are telling me that we shouldn’t stop if someone attacks you.. (but) we will show these stains, that you understand that if you attack these people, the stains will ultimately stain you…,” Khurshid was quoted as saying, according to the report.
Despite the controversy created by his remarks, Khurshid refused to withdraw his statement and said he was merely defending the Congress, according to CNN-News18. When asked whether his views represented those of the Congress, Khurshid asserted, "I am not a representative of the Congress party, I am the Congress party".
He later also told ANI, that "What I said I will continue to say, I made the statement as a human being."
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy reacted to Khurshid's statement, saying, "Now it's time for the Congress to pay for its sins", Zee News reported.
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Updated Date: Apr 24, 2018 16:55:49 IST