Addressing a function to mark former PM IK Gujral's 100th birth anniversary, ex-PM Manmohan Singh said the 1984 anti-Sikh riots could've avoided had then Home Minister PV Narasimha Rao heeded Gujral's advice to call in the Army at the earliest.
Singh added, "when the sad event of 1984 took place, Gujral Ji on that very sad evening went to the then home minister Shri PV Narasimha Rao and told him the situation is so grave that it is necessary for the government to call the army at the earliest."
Born in Jhelum on December 4, 1919, Gujral hailed from a family of freedom fighters and actively participated in the freedom struggle since 1931 and went to jail in 1942 during the Quit India Movement. He served a brief stint as the 12th Prime Minister of India and also became the third PM to get elected from the Rajya Sabha after Indira Gandhi and HD Deve Gowda.
Singh said both Gujral and him shared the same legacy of being Pakistani refugees who went on to become prime ministers of India.