If RSS-BJP act responsibly, I will reconsider remark: Digvijay
Under attack from BJP for his remarks that "2010 is not 1992", Congress leader Digvijay Singh today hit back saying if RSS, VHP and BJP behave in a responsible manner after September 30, he will reconsider his statement.india Updated: Sep 29, 2010 22:09 IST
Under attack from BJP for his remarks that "2010 is not 1992", Congress leader Digvijay Singh today hit back saying if RSS, VHP and BJP behave in a responsible manner after September 30, he will reconsider his statement.
"I know the parameters of accountability and morality. I do not need certificate from the BJP. If the RSS, VHP and BJP behave in a responsible manner after September 30 (when the Ayodhya title suit verdict will be given), I will be happy to reconsider it (statement made yesterday)," Singh told reporters here.
Singh, who is the AICC General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh said he knew to stay in his "limits" and whatever he said was with full responsibility.
He again reiterated that he did not trust the BJP as the party went back on its affidavit given in the Supreme Court in 1992 and "facilitated the demolition of the Babri mosque".
Singh had said that the BJP should realise that 2010 was not 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished and asked the party to "restrain" its cadre.
"I hope BJP would realise that 2010 is not 1992...They should restrain their cadres from indulging in violence," Singh had said.
He had also charged senior BJP leader LK Advani of "vitiating the communal atmosphere" of the country in 1992 and alleged that he has again brought up the issue of Ram temple in his statement in Somnath which "he did not do when he was the Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the country".
"BJP's relationship with Ram is limited to elections. What was BJP doing (for Ram temple) when it was in power. They have only tried to use the issue politically," Singh had said.
The comments invited strong criticism from the BJP with party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain asking Singh to practise restraint, saying he should not make "irresponsible comments" and should stay within limits of propriety.
Singh today said there are "fringe elements" in the country both among the Hindus and the Muslims who want to polarise the situation and communalise the "body politic" of the country. "We have to ensure that communal harmony and peace peace prevails under all circumstances," he said.
The Congress leader said, "I would be very happy if the BJP is able to control their cadre and the people who have been raising such issues and making inflammatory statements".
Singh also complimented UP Chief Minister Mayawati for taking sufficient measures to control any communal conflagration in the wake of the judgement of the Allahand High Court tomorrow.
First Published: Sep 29, 2010 22:07 IST