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At Punjab rally, Rahul Gandhi tells Sam Pitroda he should be ashamed of himself over his remarks on 1984 riots

Khanna (Punjab): With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP continuing their attack on the Congress over Sam Pitroda's remarks on the 1984 riots, party chief Rahul Gandhi Monday said the leader should be ashamed of himself and seek apology from the country.

Gandhi was addressing a poll rally in favour of Congress candidate Amar Singh, who is pitted against SAD nominee D S Guru from Fatehgarh Sahib (reserved) constituency.

 At Punjab rally, Rahul Gandhi tells Sam Pitroda he should be ashamed of himself over his remarks on 1984 riots

Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting ahead of the last phase of Lok Sabha elections, at Gaggar Majra village, Khanna, in Ludhiana district. PTI

"What Sam Pitroda said about 1984 (anti-Sikh riots) was totally wrong and he should seek an apology from the country. I am saying this publicly and I also said the same to him over phone. Pitroda ji, what you had said was completely wrong and you should be ashamed of yourself. You should seek public apology," he said winding up his speech.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was also present at the event.

The BJP has stepped up offensive against the Congress over the Indian Overseas Congress chief's remarks as the 1984 anti-Sikh riots is an emotive issue in Punjab which is going to polls on 19 May.

During campaigning in Rohtak in Haryana and at Hoshiarpur in Punjab, Modi on Friday had hit out at the Congress, saying Pitroda's remarks reflected the "character and arrogance" of the opposition party.

On Sunday in Amritsar, BJP chief Amit Shah had asked Gandhi whether the matter has ended with Pitroda tendering an apology for "justifying" the Sikh genocide.

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Updated Date: May 13, 2019 16:31:12 IST