Stirring a controversy, Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said that his party’s hands are stained “with the blood of Muslims”.
The former Union minister made the remark in response to a question by an Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) student at a programme.
“There is blood on our hands. I am also a part of the Congress so let me say it, we have blood on our hands. Is this why you are trying to tell us that if someone attacks you, we must not come forward to protect you?,” Khurshid was quoted as saying.
The student had posed the query referring to a series of communal riots and other controversial acts under the Congress rule in the past, media reports said.
“I am telling you. We are ready to show the blood on our hands so that you realise that you too must not get blood on your hands. If you attack them, you are the ones who would get stains on your hands,” Khurshid reportedly said.
“Learn something from our past. Learn from our history and don’t create such situations for yourself where if you come back to Aligarh Muslim University after 10 years, you find no one like yourself putting out questions,” he was quoted as saying.
Referring to a long list of communal conflagrations including those at Hasanpura, Maliana, Muzaffarnagar, the student had said even the opening of the gates of Babri Masjid, placing of idols inside it and then its demolition took place when the Congress was in power at the Centre.
The former Union minister was the chief guest at the annual function of BR Ambedkar Hall of the AMU.