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Digvijaya defends comment on Osama burial

Ashutosh Shukla, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, May 04, 2011
First Published: 23:12 IST(4/5/2011) | Last Updated: 23:14 IST(4/5/2011)

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday defended his comment that the US should have given al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden a dignified burial.

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He said there was nothing controversial in his remark. “What have I said? I had said that the last rites of bin Laden should have been performed according to his faith. What is wrong in that?” Singh lashed out at detractors who said his comments in the recent past, including those on Azamgarh and slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare, are an attempt to appease Muslims with an eye on the UP polls next year.

“This is rubbish. I have never done politics of communalism and fundamentalism. You must be aware that I acted against both communal Hindus and communal Muslims (during his stint as MP chief minister),” he said. Asked if he would stick to his anti-RSS stand, he said, “I am against the RSS and not Hindus.”

 

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