Triggering a controversy, senior Congress leader and former Union minister Salman Khurshid, while responding to a question on the communal riots that took place when the Congress was in power, admitted that “there is blood on our hands”.
Khurshid made the remarks while addressing students at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Sunday. While Khurshid on Tuesday accused the media of distorting his reply, the Congress said it “completely disagrees” with his statement.
At the AMU function, a student listed some of the riots — in Hashimpura, Maliana and Muzaffarnagar — and the opening of the gates of the Babri Masjid, installation of idols and its subsequent demolition, which happened when the Congress was in power. He asked how the Congress would wash off the “Muslim blood on its hands”.
“Political question hain. Humare daaman par khoon ke dhabbe hain. Congress ka main bhi hissa hoon to mujhe maanne dijiye ki humare daaman main khoon ke dhabbe hain (It is a political question. There is blood on our hands. I am also a part of the Congress so let me admit that we have blood on our hands),” replied Khurshid.
He asserted that that was not a reason why his party should not come forward to protect Muslims in case of attacks against them. “Is vajay se aap humse keh rahe hain ki ab koi waar aap par kare to humme badkar usko rokna nahin chahiye (Because of that you are telling us that if someone attacks you, we must not come forward to protect you),” he said.
“Bata raha hoon na. Hum yeh dhabbe dikhayenge, ki tum samjho ki yeh dhabbe hum par lage hain, yeh dhabbe tumpe na lage. Tum waar inpe karoge, dhabbe tumhare lagenge (I am telling you. We will show the (blood) stains, so that you realise that you must not get blood on your hands. If you attack them, you are the ones who will be stained),” he said.