The Congress on Tuesday said nobody should politicise the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in comments that came after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s remarks that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was behind it “in an indirect way”.

Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said that Congress was “extremely sensitive” about the issue of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.

“There should be no attempts to politicise such a dastardly incident, which has reverberated not only across the country but across the world,” Mr. Tewari said.

“People should refrain from trying to politicise a tragedy of the proportions, which are undefinable,” he told reporters in Chennai.

His comments came after Ms. Jayalalithaa told a press conference in Chennai that her party “always said the DMK was behind the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in an indirect way.”

She said this when asked about the remarks of Kumaran Pathmanathan, captured leader of the LTTE, that the DMK’s ideology (of anti-Brahminism) could have influenced the LTTE to kill Rajiv Gandhi.