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Digvijay calls Gadkari rubber stamp of RSS, Modi autocratic

Congress General Secretary, Digvijay Singh on Monday hit out at new BJP President, Nitin Gadkari by calling him a rubber stamp of the RSS.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2010 20:28 IST

Congress General Secretary, Digvijay Singh on Monday hit out at new BJP President, Nitin Gadkari by calling him a rubber stamp of the RSS.

"Gadkari is a rubber stamp of RSS and he was made BJP president despite opposition from the entire party," Singh told reporters.

He said that with Gadkari becoming BJP president, the Sangh was now totally involved in politics, adding RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat should clarify if his organisation was social or political in nature.

The Congress General Secretary described Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's decision to make voting compulsory in local elections in his state as "impractical".

"In a democracy, voters cast their votes as per their conscience and they must have full freedom in this regard," Singh said.

He described Modi's character as "autocratic" and said that BJP and the Sangh were less democratic and more autocratic.

Singh also described as impractical the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's suggestion to hold simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies.