The West Bengal Congress today kicked up a row when it tweeted a controversial remark by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
On Rajiv Gandhi’s 72nd birth anniversary, the state party unit quoted him: “When a big tree falls, the earth shakes,” referring to the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the riots that followed.
The party subsequently deleted the tweet, claiming that the Twitter handle was hacked. “We all remember Rajiv Gandhi ji, beloved former PM. But the West Bengal Congress shouldn’t have posted this one,” tweeted Minister of State for Home Affairs and BJP MP Kiren Rijiju, posting a screen shot of the tweet.
State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “In today’s world, hacking has become a usual thing. But I think this has been done as part of a conspiracy to malign the Congress on Rajiv’s birth anniversary.” He added that the party was seeking police action.
Later, the Bengal unit shared another post with Rajiv’s quote: “I am young and I, too, have a dream, I dream of an India strong, independent, self-reliant and in the front rank of the nations of the world, in the service of mankind.” —IANS
A PM who justifies killing thousands of innocent citizens does not deserve Bharat Ratna. Withdraw Bharat Ratna of Rajiv Gandhi. The government should act. —HS Phoolka, aap leader
The tweet has left the Sikhs devastated. Apparently, the Bengal Congress is convinced that Rajiv’s biggest achievement as PM was the killing of innocent Sikhs. —Harsimrat Kaur Badal, union minister