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Digvijay attacks Modi, Chouhan

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Friday attacked BJP chief ministers of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and expressed concern over "Sanghi" terrorism.

delhi Updated: Feb 04, 2011 23:21 IST

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Friday attacked BJP chief ministers of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and expressed concern over "Sanghi" terrorism.

Referring to reported findings of Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the Gujarat riots that no records, documentations or minutes of the crucial law and order meetings held by the government during the riots had been kept, Singh said it is a "criminal offence" and needs to be probed thoroughly "at whose insistence it was done".

"If SIT has found some incriminating evidence against the chief minister (Narendra Modi) and from what I have seen in the media, I believe that incriminating recrods have been destroyed or tampered with, it's a criminal offence in itself and it needs to be thoroughly probed at whose insistence it was done," he told reporters on the sidelines of a book release function in New Delhi.

Asked whether he would seek Modi's resignation over this, Singh said "morality is not an issue" for BJP and that the Gujarat chief minister will follow the line of party chief Nitin Gadakari "who found Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa's act of corruption as immoral and not illegal saying the latter had no need to resign."

Accusing the BJP dispensation in Madha Pradesh of "misusing government money" for "disinformation campaign against Christians and minorities", Singh said, "on one hand the chief minister (Shivraj Singh Chouhan) wants to go on hunger strike saying he has no money but on the other hand I have got the information that a sum of Rs 150 crore was spent on Narmada Kumbh."

He asked, "What was the purpose behind it?"

"The government money is being spent in Narmada Kumbh for disinformation campaign against Christians and minorities. This is outrageous and the government of India must take note of it," he said.

Earlier, delvering his address after releasing the book, "Christianity, Hindutva, Conversion: FAQ's" by Father Dominic Emmanuel, the AICC leader clarified he was not a non-believer like CPI leader D Raja, who also spoke on the occassion. The programme was organised by Delhi Catholic Archdiocese.

"I am a good Hindu," Singh said while attacking RSS and VHP for their "disinformation campaign" saying it goes to an unimaginable extent and that worried him.

Calling for efforts to counter to the "disinformation campaign" by RSS and VHP, he said the threat of fundamentalism needs to be fought in every nook and corner of the country as India's future depends on it.

Singh also cited late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru as saying that majority fundamentalism leads to facism. "This is the biggest threat before the country," he said.

"We have to fight Sanghi terrorism with all seriousness," the Congress leader said.

Referring to Swami Aseemanand arrested in connection with Samjhauta Express blast case, Singh said, "all conspiracies of bomb blast took place in Shabri Ashram (run by Aseemanand)."

Singh said though the first law against conversion was enacted in Madhya Pradesh, the state did not record a single case of forcible conversion when he was chief minister there for ten years.

He said that Christianity came in India 2000 years ago and the country also remained under British rule for centuries but the census numbers suggest there was no conversion in that proportion.

"Conversion did not take place due to force or coercion. It took place only in deepest interiors of the country and among the deprived because of the failure of Sanatani Hindus to give them a sense of belonging," Singh said.

He also chose the occasion to contrast the situation in Pakistan with that of India on secular vis-a-vis communal plank.

"Hindutva is an ideology and it means political power. It is aimed at establishing a Hindu rastra, a theocratic state at the end and (which will be) imposing, illiberal, monolithic and medieval," he said adding that political parties must not bring religion into domain of politics.

He said that there should be no compromise with fighting fundamentalism of any hue as "communalism of one breeds communalism of the other."

Civil rights activist Swami Agnivesh said "saffron terror is a blot on Hindus" and felt that further interrogation of Aseemanand could bring out the involvement of such elements even in the attack against Christians.