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Digvijaya loses it, slaps BJP workers

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh slapped some activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, who waved black flags at him during his visit to Ujjain on Sunday. The group was protesting against Singh’s recent remark that he did not rule out the involvement of the RSS in the July 13 blasts in Mumbai. Sandeep Vatsa reports.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2011 01:29 IST
Sandeep Vatsa

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh slapped some activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP, who waved black flags at him during his visit to Ujjain on Sunday.

The group was protesting against Singh’s recent remark that he did not rule out the involvement of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the July 13 blasts in Mumbai.

“I have said nothing wrong that deserves black flags,” Singh told mediapersons later. Asked why he lost his temper, he said, “I am not weak”.

This is not the first time Singh beat up political adversaries. In 2006, he punched a protester of the Kshatriya Mahasabha in Ujjain.

This time, Singh lost his cool after realising the BJYM’s strategy to stop his car. Eyewitnesses said his motorcade was passing through the Juna Somwaria area when he saw some youths standing on the roadside with garlands. Assuming they wanted to welcome him, Singh stopped the car but instead of being garlanded he was heckled by activists who emerged from hiding with black flags.

An annoyed Singh chased the men and slapped some while stick-wielding Congress workers joined him in the melee. Agitated BJYM activists later ransacked a hotel in the Dughtalai locality that Singh was to inaugurate.

The police registered a case but Singh’s name did not figure in it.