Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday said he was surprised over Muzaffarnagar inquiry commission’s clean chit to all those accused of inciting riots in which ‘big guns’ (ministers and legislators) allegedly played an active role.
“I am surprised. Ministers and legislators were openly involved in the riots and a fake video clipping was uploaded. Yet, no one has been found guilty and the axe has fallen only on a police inspector. Who is guilty if all those accused of inciting communal riots have got a clean chit,” said Singh while speaking to journalists here. Singh was here to attend the wedding reception of Aditya Yadav, son of minister for PWD Shivpal Singh Yadav on Sunday.
Replying to a question about Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) announcement about a change in ‘ganvesh’ (its trademark uniform) said a change in the dress code would make no difference if the organisation continued to follow the ideology of spreading hatred. The RSS has announced a change in dress code from khaki baggy shorts to full-length brown trousers.
About Congress’ preparations for the 2017 assembly elections, Singh said the people wanted to vote for the party provided it brought necessary changes in itself.
“Congress general secretary (incharge UP) Madhusudan Mistry can only reply to such questions,” Singh said when asked about the party’s decision to rope in political strategist Prashant Kishor and possibilities of Congress’ alliance in the 2017 assembly elections.
About the demand for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to turn Congress’ fortunes, Singh said he had always been saying that she would join active politics. “Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should join active politics and move out of Rae Bareli and Amethi. This is the wish of all the partymen,” said Singh.
On the JNU controversy, Singh said Delhi police failed to provide any material to support charges that JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar raised anti-national or pro- Pakisatan slogans. He said the video tape shown on the issue was tampered and Shilp Tiwari, a former close aide of union minister for human resources development Smriti Irani has been accused of tampering the video tape.
Singh used the opportunity to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the economy was in bad shape during the tenure of the NDA government. Singh said as chief minister of Gujarat, Modi had opposed the duty on jewellery that the NDA government imposed during his tenure as the PM. Now, the jewellers across the country were on strike to protest new tax, he said.