Academician : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the assassination of his father Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 brought him extreme pain but he did not show any anger or hatred towards those responsible for it.
“How do you feel about these people who were killed by the LTTE (Tamil Eelam’s Liberation Tigers)?” Violence can take nothing away. “I have no anger or hatred for anyone. Of course, I lost my father and it was a very difficult time for me,” he said, adding that it was like being heartbroken.
“I have felt great pain, but I do not feel anger, I do not feel any hatred or any anger. I have forgiven,” he said to applause several times. In response to the next question, he said, “Violence can’t take anything away from you … My father lives in me … My father speaks through me.” After interacting with the people of the jail community, Gandhi exchanged views with the students of Bharatidasan Government College for Women.
Although most parties supported the release of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, they opposed the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC). On May 21, 1991, Rajiv Gandhi killed a woman in a suicide bombing at Sriperumbudur near Chennai during an election rally.
TNCC chief KS Alagiri said a few months ago that the release of those convicted in the Rajiv case would demand the release of all “murderers” who have been in jail for more than 25 years. “If the court announces the release of the convicts in the seven Rajiv cases, we will accept it. However, the main political parties cannot accept their release,” Alagiri said. The Tamil Nadu government had recommended Governor Banwarilal Purohit to release them in 2018.