Bhopal: Digvijaya calls Modi megalomaniac

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Indore
  • Updated: Jan 28, 2015 16:10 IST

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a megalomaniac.

Replying to journalists' query about Modi's suit with his entire name embroidered on it, Singh said Modi is a megalomaniac. Singh also used the term 'aatm-mugdh' (self-obsessed) to describe Modi.

Singh further said Modi's referring to US President Barack Obama as 'Barack' was improper and is not the way to address a head of state. "The US president addressed him as Mr Prime Minister or Mr Modi but he addressed the US president as Barack," said Digvijaya.

Regarding Modi's earlier statement that he often chatted with Obama, Digvijaya said, "I don't know how much they chat but Modi is known for his 'gup maarne ki aadat' (spinning a yarn)," he added.

The former chief minister also said he hoped Modi would take lesson from US President's advice about religious freedom seriously and rein in the VHP and RSS. Digvijaya was addressing a press conference at the Pradesh Congress Committee office in Bhopal.

"Under Article 25 of Indian Constitution, every Indian has the right to profess and propagate his religion. The PM should ask RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to stop the ghar wapasi and the conversion row."

Digvijaya also attacked MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and alleged that the special task force (STF) is trying to save him in the PEB scam. "The documents have been tampered but now we have got the original documents, especially, the excel sheet recovered from the hard disk of PEB's former system analyst Nitin Mahindra."

"We hope the Special Investigation Team (SIT) would look into the irregularities in STF's probe. But if this doesn’t happen, we will bring the documents in public domain," he further said. The SIT, which is headed by a retired High Court judge, has been formed by the MP high court to monitor the STF's investigation into the PEB scam.

Earlier on Monday in Indore, the Congress leader had accused the National Democratic Alliance government of making U-turns on several issues. He added that since coming to power in May, the BJP has changed its stand on implementation of Aadhaar card in the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme.

"During the UPA rule, they opposed the implementation of Aadhaar card-linked Direct Benefit Transfer scheme, but now the government is implementing the same to take credit," Singh said, adding that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also failed to fulfill the promise of bringing back black money.

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