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It gets petty: Digvijay, Gadkari call each other names

india Updated: Jan 21, 2011 16:05 IST

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday took a dig at Nitin Gadkari for calling him a chillar neta or small-time leader, saying that the BJP president was a 'billionaire' in his view.

"I was Madhya Pradesh chief minister for 10 long years and Gadkari who has never won an election in his life was minister for only one term in Maharashtra," he said.

Singh said that despite being in politics for a long time, he was still in Gadkari's eyes a chillar neta (small-time leader) but for him the BJP chief was a "billionaire".

The Congress leader, who recently made controversial statements against the RSS, said there was no point in criticising him as whatever he had said had proved to be true.

"All my critics should understand that whatever I had said about the involvement of the members of the Sangh Pariwar has been proved to be correct," Singh said.

Noting that an impression has been "wrongly" gaining ground that he was against Hindus, Singh said there was no truth in the statement.

"I am a Hindu and my wife and kids are all Hindus, so it would be wrong to say that I will ever be against Hindus," he said.

The Congress leader said he had only talked about those Hindus who had links with the RSS and who were found involved in terrorist activities.

Singh had recently triggered a controversy by claiming that slain Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare had spoken to him about threats from radical right-wing groups before his death in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

After the confession by Swami Aseemanand, allegedly involved in Samjhauta Express blast, before a magistrate, Singh said it was clear that RSS and BJP were sheltering people involved in terrorist activities.

Referring to the Income Tax department's claims of having detected disproportionate wealth valued at a whopping Rs 360 crore from suspended Madhya Pradesh IAS officer couple Arvind and Tinu Joshi, Singh demanded an inquiry into the assets owned by the state ministers.

"At a time when a bureaucrat couple has been found to amass wealth in crores, it is anybody's guess how much money is owned by ministers in Madhya Pradesh," he said.

Singh said that an assessment should be made to find out the properties that the ministers owned in 2003 and those that they have in their possession right now.

"The assessment will prove that ministers in Madhya Pradesh now own property running into crores of rupees," he claimed.

The Congress leader said that he wanted to focus his time and energies for Uttar Pradesh and Assam, where assembly elections are due soon.