New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University Student’s Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar on Wednesday changed his alleged stance on his controversial statement on the 1984 anti-Sikh riot after much criticism.
“Both 1984 and 2002 were indeed state-led programs for which justice is still awaited” Kanhaiya said after he was severely criticised on Tuesday for his remarks that 1984 anti-Sikh riot was a “mob-led massacre” while 2002 Gujarat riots were a “state sponsored violence.”
Kanhiya added “there isn’t an iota of doubt that Emergency represents one of the darkest periods of Indian democracy. My organization AISF strongly opposed and fought against the state repression during Emergency.”
Kanhaiya on Tuesday had accused the state machinery of Gujarat for the 2002 riots, Narendra Modi being the Chief Minister of the state then. On the other hand, Kanhaiya referred to the 1984 riots as anti-Sikh mob killings.
Reacting sharply, RP Singh of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has called him the poster boy of Congress in Assam and has also tagged him as the “spokesperson” of Congress.
Leaders of the Sikh community and the Akali Dal slammed Kanhaiya’s statement.