Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh’s continuous contrarian positions on important issues had always won him brownie points, but his decision to take on Home Minister P Chidambaram on the Naxal policy seems to have boomeranged.
Singh, who returned from abroad last week, is still waiting for an appointment with Congress president Sonia Gandhi to explain the context of a newspaper article after the Dantewada incident in which Maoists killed 76 CRPF jawans.
In the article, Singh had called Chidamabaram "intellectually arrogant," prompting the party to say that it was his opinion.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has also questioned Singh’s arguments in the article, where he had written that the buck stops with the CM for law and order.
"It would be pertinent to ask Digvijay Singh who was CM when the state’s transport minister was brutally killed by Naxalites in Balaghat in 1999. Where did the buck stop then..?
Accusing Singh of "doublespeak", he recalled that as CM of undivided MP, Singh was also in charge of Bastar.
"He can't spell out a single contribution towards the Bastar region... In this part of the country, Digvijay has lost relevance a long time ago."