OUT, DAMNED SPOT! “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."


Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t.
Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard?
What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?
—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.
: LADY MACBETH in MACBETH by William Shakespeare
On Sunday, Salman Khurshid of the Congress party was attending an event on B. R. Ambedkar at the Aligarh Muslim University, when he got cornered into answering a question that Congress has avoided for long, making many doubt the timing of Congress revealing its anti-muslim tag, burdened by the Muslim appeasement charges.

“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?”


Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had apologized to the people for the anti-Sikh riots more than once, but let alone apologies, Congress has never accepted the growth of Hindutva under its own flag and party banners, despite several incidents where the party symbol was getting its hands dirty in blood. Like the Bombay riots that ensued after the demolition of Babri Masjid where Congress replaced the chief minister of Maharashtra after the incumbent failed to stop the riots. But it did not take action on the findings of the Justice Srikrishna Commission of Inquiry into the riots. Its history is tainted with bloody hands. Even the ghost of anti-Sikh riots does not seem to be haunting the Congress any more, as its recent appointment of Kamal Nath in Madhya Pradesh shows.

Salman Khurshid, tried to rise above the politics of riots and asked the audience to learn from Congress’ mistakes.

” I am telling you. We are ready to show the blood on our hands so that you realize 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,” he 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 said.

Later, talking to media post his remark, Khurshid said that he was defending the Congress party. He said: “I am not a representative of the Congress party, I am the Congress party. I was defending Congress party. What I said I will continue to say, I made the statement as a human being.”

Congress, however, distanced itself from Salman Khurshid’s confession.


BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra was the first on the scene of reactions,  ” Salman Khurshid has revealed the truth behind Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Save the Constitution’ campaign. He has admitted that Congress’ hand is stained with blood. It is not only stained with the blood of Muslims but also of Sikhs who were killed in 1984″.