‘Muslim blood’ on Cong hands, agrees Khurshid
Kicks up row as BJP says remark acknowledgement of party history

Former Law minister Salman Khurshid put his Congress party in an embarrassment by admitting that there are Muslims’ blood stains on the Congress hands. Khurshid made the remark in response to a question by an Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) student at a programme.

The former Union minister was the chief guest at the annual function of BR Ambedkar Hall of the AMU on Monday, when the student asked, “The first amendment was in 1948. Then there was Presidential order in 1950... after that Hasanpura, Maliana, Muzaffarnagar and there is a long list of riots under the Congress regime. Then there was the opening of the gates of Babri Masjid, placing idols inside and then the demolition of Babri Masjid while the Congress was in power at the Centre. Congress has Muslims’ blood on its hands. With what words will you wash them off?”

“It is a political question. 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?” said Khurshid.

“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. 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 said.

Asked by reporters here on Tuesday if he would stick to his comment, Khurshid said, “Have you ever known me to withdraw a statement? What I said, I will continue to say. What I didn’t say, I will never say.”

Asked if he made the remarks as a member of the Congress, Khurshid replied he did so “as a human being”. “It’s the party that has given everything that I have today. And why should I step aside when my party is attacked? I must answer anyone who attacks my party and I do it to the best of my ability,” he added.

Later in the day, Khurshid tweeted, “Media saddens. They question right to speak truth. They distort reply to isolated hostile question by imputing confession instead of reporting ‘despite allegations would you deny our duty to protect you from harm?’ Sensationalism for profit?”