Remark meant for Digvijaya tenure only, explains Khare
A day after he dubbed the Congress “status quoist and having no conviction,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Media Advisor Harish Khare on Tuesday issued a clarification, claiming that his reference was only to the period when Digvijaya Singh was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.delhi Updated: Sep 21, 2010 22:50 IST
A day after he dubbed the Congress “status quoist and having no conviction,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Media Advisor Harish Khare on Tuesday issued a clarification, claiming that his reference was only to the period when Digvijaya Singh was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.
“My observations dealt with the Digvijaya Singh government (1993-2003). I was commenting on the inherent dilemma a political party faces in bringing about social change. I have always believed ... that the Congress party is the nation’s most enduring source of stability,” Khare said in a written statement.
At a book release function on Monday, Khare had said the “Congress party is by nature a status-quoist, pragmatic party. It does not believe in conviction. The only conviction it has is in how to win elections”.
The remarks created a flutter in the Congress circles and even raised speculation about Khare’s fate but the party sought to play down and cap the public controversy following the written clarification. “We believe that he has already issued a clarification and we have nothing more to say. The matter ends there,” party’s media department chief Janardan Dwivedi said.
Though AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh had refuted Khare’s charges at the seminar, privately several Congress leaders wondered if the Media Advisor’s reported statement marked a new trend of an official taking potshots at the party.
Until now, the party leaders have been speaking out of turn and using issues to cock a snook at each other.
Keen to put the Khare issue behind them, the Congress’s managers indicated that the matter was not important for them to “discuss and drag on”.
“He is a media advisor and not a policy advisor,’’ said a senior leader.