Digvijaya's RSS remark kicks up storm, BJP wants apology
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh's remark that he did not rule out any group including the RSS in Mumbai's serial blasts, evoked strong protest from the BJP.delhi Updated: Jul 16, 2011 23:47 IST
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh's remark that he did not rule out any group including the RSS in Mumbai's serial blasts, evoked strong protest from the BJP. The party has demanded an apology from Sonia Gandhi.
“I do not rule out anything. If they want evidence about Sangh’s involvement in terror activity, I have got evidence. But not in this case," Singh told the media.
Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad charged the Congress leader with trying to destabilise the nation by making such statements, while his colleague Shahnawaz Hussain accused him of trying to divert the course of investigations into the Mumbai blasts and politicising a sensitive issue like terrorism.
The Congress chose to downplay Singh’s remark. “Ït is the job of the investigating agencies to decide whom to include and whom to exclude from the probe,” Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said.
"The BJP strongly condemns the disgusting statements of Digvijaya Singh and seeks an apology from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on this," party spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain said. “Is he above the intelligence agencies or the home minister that he is giving such statements.”
“What Rahul Gandhi does not wish to say himself, he makes Digvijaya speak,” said the BJP leader, adding that “Digvijaya Singh’s statement is a pre-determined and pre-planned political game and is given at the instance of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi."
Urging Singh to maintain some standards, Prasad said, "When the nation needs to speak in one voice and when everyone is pointing towards Pakistan, which is trying to destabilise India by attacking its sovereignty, you are playing dirty politics on corpses."
First Published: Jul 16, 2011 14:49 IST