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Updated: July 19, 2011 02:07 IST

Congress distances itself from Digvijay's remarks

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A file photo of Digvijay Singh.
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However, it refers to the Samjauta Express tragedy

The Congress on Monday distanced itself from the party general secretary Digvijay Singh's remarks on the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), which he accused of making bombs and, possibly, being involved in last week's explosions in Mumbai. Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “It would be better if you ask him.”

However, Mr. Tewari chose to refer to the Samjauta Express tragedy, for which Hindu terror groups have been held responsible. “I would definitely like to underscore that the Samjhauta Express .. is a case in point where the involvement of certain individuals and certain organisations which have upward linkages have now been established through the investigative process.”

Probe needed

On the death of a blast suspect in police custody in Mumbai, Mr. Tewari said, “What happened with regard to the person who died in the police custody is most unfortunate. I think it should be properly investigated and if at all there is a custodial torture angle to it, which the Mumbai police are disclaiming, then all those who are responsible must be brought to book.”

He also pointed out that custodial terror or violence in custody was an issue “which still has not come out of the closet,” but that it needed to be “dealt with, deliberated and appropriate safeguards need to be enforced… We, as MPs, have to deal with [such cases] most on a daily basis in our constituencies.”

To a question on Gandhian activist Anna Hazare moving the Supreme Court so that his agitation does not meet the same fate as that of Baba Ramdev, Mr. Tewari said, “It is a free country and anybody can knock on the doors of any court. But if you have not been a part of any political agitation, the fear of the police stick is natural. I think if he had been a part of a political agitation at any point of time, he would have liberated himself from that fear.”

Criticises Hazare

He also attacked Mr. Hazare, pointing out that those who held up the mirror of morality to others needed to see their own faces in that mirror also. The Justice Sawant Commission of Enquiry, he said, had raised very serious questions about the role of Mr. Hazare and his organisations.

“The question is not whether any government has acted upon it or not. That is entirely a different issue. The larger question is that when you preach morality or project yourself as a repository of all moral values, people have a legitimate reason to ask as to where you stand with regard to what Justice Sawant has said about you and your organisations in his enquiry report,” he said.

It is sad to see that in a 'democracy' the spokesperson of a ruling party threatens an opponent with 'police sticks'. I thought the British masters left in 1947. After what happened last time, it is natural for anyone who wants to protest in a democracy to seek help from the courts. But the ruling party has never cared for democratic traditions and it never will. It only cares for dynastic power and prefers puppets for PM when its members can't sit on the 'throne'.

from:  Abhijit G
Posted on: Jul 20, 2011 at 19:05 IST

Why is it that the Congress selectively lauds and endorses rants and other unsavory remarks from its Motormouth General Secretary when they suit its purposes and 'distances itself' when it would seem to be embarrassing to it or likely to create a backlash.Diggy thinks that he is very erudite,humorous and very witty when in fact most of his virulent,vituperative comments are cheap and witless.How long does the party propose to tolerate this?

from:  Raj Kumar.
Posted on: Jul 20, 2011 at 02:32 IST

This man is using the Mumbai tragedy to play communal politics. If he has proof of involvement of anyone he should be talking the police instead of airing his views through the media. This is not the first time he has made very controvertial statements. Unfortunately, the Congress leadership is not reigning in this person giving the impression that they too are interested in vote bank politics.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 16:34 IST

Digvijai singh is doing great damage to the Congress party.Serious consequences would menifest themselves in due course.It is unfortunate that persons in positions of authority think that he is serving their cause.Time to wake-up before it is too late.

from:  s c sharma
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 13:18 IST

While many call Digvijay Singh the loose cannon, I believe he is actually the guided missile with dirty warhead. All those things that the congress wants to say but do not want to be attributed to them are being put forth by Diggy Raja. He is the loudspeaker but the microphone is in somebody else's hand. The congress leadership/spokesmen never comdemn his outrageous remarks. It simply distances itself. They are simply eating their cake and having it too.

from:  Partha
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 13:00 IST

My dear congress men(including M Tiwari)please help this country in rooting out corruption and dont talk all these irrelevant things about Anna Hazareji.If you and your party have guts please do it.Your aam aadmi is finding it difficult to meet the both ends.Remember public is now not fools.Next election they will teach all corrupt elements in all parties a lesson or two.

from:  POJ Nambiar
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 12:58 IST

It is really regret to note the irresponsible statement made by responsible person of runling party. Is there anybody listening such statement from the Government side? Can somebody stop such statement? Are we fools to hear such statement?

from:  P.S. Parameswaran
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 12:45 IST

I agree that the comments made by Mr Digvijay Singh has been mostly off the mark. He should in fact refrain from making any statements and stick to looking after the interests of the Nehru/ Gandhi family only. In addition I would like to state that Mr Anna Hazare has done a great job in raising awareness regarding the Jan lokpal bill. But to say that either you accept what he says or else he launches an agitation is not acceptable by anyone. Every body has the right to have his/her view but one should not expect that others also will feel the same. They are not the only reps of the civil society. Every Indian whether rich or poor, literate or illeterate has equal say in all matters concerning the country.

from:  Shubhojeet
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 12:17 IST

Politicians ( especially Congress) have become experts in dividing and ruling and made it an art . They have done so since independence. . What Winston Churchill told about Indian politicians is proved beyond doubt.Whenever they sense any difficulties - accusations against them,etc they manage to divert public opinion by any means.Is it not too much of coincidence that we have such incidents when ever elections are nearing ?

from:  K S Vasan
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 12:10 IST

What is quite surprising is how come this man keep saying whatever he likes and Congress does not have guts to do anything. Has there been any other Congress leader even as a minister, he would have been in dock long back, I just feel pity for people like Tharoor.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 11:28 IST

Very well said, Sahil. It all boils down to the Minority/Majority equation.It is most unfortunate to see their apathy to the suffering of the people caught in the blast. How could Mr Home Minister ever claim that there has been no intelligence inputs and YET it has not been an intelligence failure. What scruples do these politicians have that they ask Hazare to look into morality mirror. Beats me...

from:  Avinash S
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 11:14 IST

Singh has spoken a shameless speech. I wonder how these congress people rule the country, i mean the investigating department say that it had no clue who is responsible for attack, even home dept has no clue and how can the congress national spokeman who is not even a minister, predict the culprit.

from:  Abhijit More
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 10:59 IST

Tiwari tries to be subtle but is unsuccessful in it. Everytime Congress distances itself from Digvijay's comment, if a party does not endorse its senior leader's comment EVERYTIME then it should dispense him/her. Congress wants to keep him and makes people wonder whether Digvijay is a loose canon or a guided missile. 'Its a great thing Anna has never been a part of political agitation'? What a ridiculous and sarcastic stupid remark is that. Does a person need to have some kind of work experience when doing the right thing? Does Mr.Tiwari meant Congress acts like British while dealing wth Anna? It seems the case and is dangerous for democracy.

from:  Sushant
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 10:54 IST

I for one totally agree with Dr Prakash's views about how the congress manipulates the minority majority equations in the country by making a party bigwig blame Hindu organisations for the blasts, which makes the minorities happy, and then the again the congres party distances itself to make the Hindus happy.

from:  Sathyakumar
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 10:44 IST

It is regrettable when the country has been facing terror acts repeatedly, rather than finding out strong measures to wiping out the terror, political parties are blaming each other. It has become a routine thing whenever any terror act takes, Congress leaders blame BJP and BJP leaders blame Congress for weak policy. First of all, this must be stopped. We should show that all are one and irrespective of any idelogical differences, we will fight shoulder to shoulder to eradicate this menace. Unless this is done, we will continue seeing such heinous crime taking place. Mr. Digvijay Singh's remarks at this juncture is unwarranted and he is out to tarnish the image of Congress in the name of extending support to minorities. This is going to backfire him sooner or later.

from:  S Raghavan
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 10:27 IST

We are running through a sad phase of democracy. We have PM and President both as puppets. The investigating agencies are under full control of government. Allegations of corruptions are raised against almost all the departments. In such a lacklustre situation what the common people will do!What way they should follow!

from:  Himalay Sarma
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 10:07 IST

ANNA HAZARE IS A NOBLE MAN LIKE BABA RAMDEV , ANNA HAZARE IS A REAL
HONEST MAN , HE IS FIGHTING AGAINST HUGE CORRUPTION BY THE RULING PARTY
. RSS IS A PATRIOTIC PARTY . CONGRESS IS DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY
SUPPORTING CRIMINALS LIKE OSAMA AND BOMB BLASTERS ,ALSO THE CORRUPTION .

from:  ARUN
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 10:01 IST

Mr. Manish Tiwari, you are quite correct. Every-one should see his face in the mirror. Before passing any comment about Mr. Hazare,You also please call your party-men to see their faces in the mirror, since the faces like Suresh Kalmadi are there in the mirror.

from:  Sanjoy Sinharoy
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 09:58 IST

It is high time that Singh is removed even from the primary membership of the party to save Congress. His statements have gone beyond the tolerable limit.

from:  T R Subramanian
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 09:40 IST

In this time of tragedy, one should not try to divert issue by uttering like this. And when such things came from a leader this is very surprising.

from:  Rajesh Ranjan
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 09:27 IST

Above Remarks / comments from a responsible / seasoned politician is not good and unacceptable.

from:  Ravishankar
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 09:11 IST

Dear Manish, You and your party do not have the moral authority to speak about Anna Hazare. You allege that SAWANT COMMITTEE has raised to MANY SERIOUS QUESTION about the role of Anna Hazare and his organizations. [1]Can you please elaborate what are there QUESTIONS? [2] Only Questions are raised but allegations are not. [3]We go by the simple hypothesis: a. Anna's total property may not exceed a FEW LAKH rupees. b.Anna does not hold secret accounts in Tax Havens c. Anna is steadfast in his motto & approach which even a normal citizen leave alone the corrupt Cabinet Ministers is likely to possess. Now even assuming SAWANT COMMITTE has made allegations against Anna, What was the motive for Anna to commit these irregularities. Please do not attempt to mislead the Indians by mudslinging on Anna & citing some innocuous judicial observations. Backed by the entire nation the the Anna storm is going to make the corrupt UPA edifice crumble. The very fact you are afraid of JANLOKPAL BILL says it all.

from:  Nagar
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 06:37 IST

I agree with Tiwari. Hazare has no right to protest against corruption. Only because of corruption people are coming to politics, As Kumarasamy said if Gandhi were alive, he will be corrupt. Another 20 years we shall not bother about corruption. I agree with Congress policy regarding corruption.

from:  Mani
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 05:58 IST

We are not new to this game that Congress has been playing since quite sometime. National tragedy occurs, investigation begins with IM, LeT and Pakistan as usual suspects and soon Digvijay tells us that hindu organizations are suspects as well. As usual, it gets media coverage, RSS and BJP gets annoyed and then Congress distances itself from the comments made by Digvijay. This way, Congress percieves that they have made minority happy by having a leader who talks about hindu terrorism and majority is not mad at Congress since party distances itself from Digvijay's comments. At the end, Congress continues to manipulate majority-minority equation, continues to fail in curbing terrorism but manages to stay in power and people of India emerge as losers. Bravo Digvijay, bravo Congress! Great job playing politics on pile of dead bodies we have got used to see.

from:  Sahil
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 05:40 IST

Digvijay singh is trying hard by hook or crook to get noticed through sensational statements without proof and/or thought. He is fogotten in his home state of Madhya Pradesh where he ruled for 10 years and virtually did nothing for the development of the state and its people. The present governement is focussing on the developement of people of state for the last few years which has made congress existense in state in questionable. Since he can not talk about the development therefore he is trying to play old religious card for attracting minorities. Being a professional by education he should put forward his vision of development (If any) and concentrate on issue related to the benefit of Aam Adami.

from:  Ramsingh
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 04:09 IST

I would like ask Mr Tiwari, what is he smoking. He fails to understand that Mr Hazare is not preaching moral values, he is trying to bring a law, to fight corruption. All the politicians who are afraid are running helter skelter, to stop it by any means. He says Hazare has not been part of any political agitation, and I guess Tiwari is the one who fought for Indian independence. What jokers we have in Congress Party, and then there is Digvijay Singh, who thinks RSS is making bombs. A nationalist party making bombs, he should be dragged into court and asked to prove it. I am not pro RSS, but such accusations just prove the mental state of the politicians.

from:  Dr Prakash
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 03:58 IST

The Congress is running an autocracy in the country and the public is too weak to take it on. The Opposition contents itself with making 'strong' comments every now and then and is incapable of mounting a serious assault on this autocratic rogue Government. Here's a question the INC will find very difficult to answer. They criticize the Jan Lokpal Bill on the grounds that it creates an authority 'answerable to nobody'. Who is the PM answerable to? Who is Mrs Sonia Gandhi answerable to? Certainly not the people, since in a country where education parameters are calculated wrt 'literacy' levels, I do not think the vote counts for much.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 02:13 IST

It really does not matter what the morality of Hazare and his organization is. What it matters is why the government cannot adopt what he is advocating. The congress has the problem of justifying their actions by saying others did it too. The congress party intellectually bankcrupt.

from:  KVR
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 02:11 IST

Mr Singh has the habit of putting his foot in his mouth whenever he opens the latter. 'Rahul ready for PM' is one of the biggest guffaws undermining the PM's leadership. Now this. Mr Singh, you will be better off taking 'Maun Vrath' or better still taking 'Sanyas' from Politics. Either of these two deeds will elevate you to the position of a patriot.

from:  Mani Sandilya
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 at 02:09 IST
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