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Digvijay: Sonia ticked me off on remarks on Chidambaram

delhi Updated: Jul 24, 2011 20:08 IST

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Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who has landed in controversies with provocative comments, on Sunday admitted for the first time that party chief Sonia Gandhi had ticked him off when he criticised home minister P Chidambaram last year for his anti-Maoist strategy.

The "only gag" on me was after I wrote a piece on Chidambaram. "She (Gandhi) did tick me off and I went and apologised to Chidambaram," Singh told Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate programme on CNN-IBN.

Singh had stoked a controversy by calling Chidambaram "intellectually arrogant" and said his approach on the Maoist issue was a "narrow sectarian view, treating it as a purely law and order problem".

Queried whether his controversial statements were bringing Rahul Gandhi a bad name as he is his advisor, the AICC general secretary said, "Absolutely wrong. I am neither an advisor nor a mentor to Rahul Gandhiji."

Persistently asked about the issue, Singh said when did he say that he was an advisor to Rahul. "Who has said that I am a mentor to Rahul Gandhiji. No one in my party has said this to me."

Seeking to blunt allegations that he was communalising terror, Singh said he was not doing so and suggested that it was senior BJP leader LK Advani and his party who should be blamed for this if it was so.

"People who have communalised this first of all is people like LK Advani who went to the Prime Minister with a delegation when the ATS Maharashtra arrested Sreekant Purohit, Pragya Thakur and Dayanand Pandey and others in the Malegaon blast. BJP went in a delegation to the Prime Minister. Are they not communalising the issue?" he shot back when asked about the allegations.