Emergency was mistake, 1984 riots happenings wrong: Scindia

New Delhi: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday said that Emergency was a mistake and what happened during the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 was wrong.

His admission came during a panel discussion at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2015 after Nationalist Congress Party leader Supriya Sule said that rationalist Narendra Dabholkar’s killing happened during the NCP-Congress regime in Maharashtra and it was a failure on the part of their government.

At this, Scindia said: “Whatever happened during the Emergency and Sikh riots was wrong. Any loss of life in the country, irrespective of which government is in power, is wrong. If an incident is wrong, it is wrong whether it concerns my party or some other. If something is right is right. If something is wrong it is wrong. That is where lies the accountability of a politician.”

Asked to elaborate on his views on Emergency by NDTV’s Barkha Dutt, who was the moderator of the discussion, Scindia said: “Emergency was a mistake for our country. Any action which throttles the freedom of speech and expression is wrong.”