New Delhi: Troubles for the Congress in the Batla House encounter issue refuses to die down. Contradictory statements by party leaders on the issue have put the Congress in an awkward situation.

Recently Salman Khurshid in a rally in Azamgarh had claimed that “photographs of the 2008 Batla House shootout brought party Chief Sonia Gandhi to tears”.  But he later backtracked from his statement.

On the other hand Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has always raised questions on the genuinety of the encounter. But the Home Minister P Chidambaram has maintained that the encounter was not faked.

When asked about the conflicting views of the UPA ministers and the statement of Salman Khurshid on the encounter, Congress spokesperson Renuka Chaudhary said “Leave the issue, Khurshid has already given a clarification in this regard.”

Meanwhile, Congress ally NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that the Congress by giving conflicting views is trying to turn away from the Batla House encounter.

When asked about the missing files exchanged between the then President and the Prime Minister at the time of emergency, Renuka  Chaudhary said, “We cannot do anything about this.”

Referring to the remark made by a Union Minister that the Congress will be remote controlled if it is voted to power in UP Chaudhary said, “I have not come across any such statement.”

(JPN/ Bureau)