Even as Congress leader Digvijaya Singh announced that the party’s views are “supreme”, he refused to retract his “dual power centres” statement which forced the Congress leadership to make serious efforts to put the lid over the controversy.
Singh, who had often found himself out of sync with the party’s line on several issues, had said in a TV interview that “two power centres”— a reference to the PM and the Congress president—has not worked well and it should change in future.
But a day after the Congress contradicted his observations and maintained the unique model may also be repeated in future, Singh said, “Whatever I have said is on record and, therefore, I stand by it. But the views of the Congress spokesperson and party are supreme for me. So I would abide by that.”
The BJP latched on the row to dub Singh as a powerless PM. “Manmohan Singh needs the charging of power by Sonia Gandhi to establish his authority as the PM. He is in chair but not in power,” BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Even as Digvijaya Singh didn’t retract his statement, the Congress pointed out that he said he will abide by the party’stand. “Singh has said he will abide by the party views...,” said Congress spokesperson PC Chacko.
Hold fire against Mulayam: Cong to Beni
Congress has asked steel minister Beni Prasad Verma to hold fire against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. This is seen as the second such instruction to Verma who had to regret his comments on Yadav.
Verma Wednesday met Janardan Dwivedi and Motilal Vora. Last week, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav had met a Congress leader to express SP’s anger over Verma’s comments.