Veteran Congress leader and MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday descended into a soup after an alleged tweet from his profile, including a reference to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots on Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary, which shocked everyone.
Hours after the tweet was deleted, a screenshot of the tweet blaming Chowdhury’s attested social media handle went viral. The tweet featured a quote with a picture of the former prime minister saying, “When a big tree falls, the ground shakes.” The quote was famously attributed to Rajiv Gandhi, often seen as justifying the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi that killed more than 2,000 people in 1984 after Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards.
Calling it a “malicious campaign” against him, Chowdhury wrote on his social media handle in his defense, “My own observations have nothing to do with tweets against my name on account … a vicious campaign propagated by forces that are hostile.” Me. “
The BJP and other opposition parties have attacked the Congress, citing painful memories of anti-Sikh riots. BJP leader and national convener of the BJP IT cell, Amit Malviya, tweeted that Chowdhury had “decided to call Kodal Kodal”.
Sneering at the Congress’ “self-goal”, National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said the Grand Old Party did not need outside power to bring itself down. “What in the world did he think of using this quote for his team or for the memory of the leader he was honoring?”, Abdullah asked on his social media handle.
This is not the first time Chowdhury has taken the storm by storm with his controversial remarks. After withdrawing Article 370 in the Valley in 2019, Chowdhury’s statement questioned whether Kashmir was actually an internal matter of India as the UN had been monitoring the situation since 1948, leaving Sonia Gandhi visibly red-faced in Parliament. In the National Register of Citizens (NRC) debate, Chowdhury called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah “illegal immigrants” because they themselves came to Delhi from Gujarat.