The intra-party war of words in the Madhya Pradesh unit of the Congress has got a new twist with AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh refuting all “allegations” levelled against him by some senior local party leaders here.
“I just want to say that whatever has been said is baseless,” Mr. Singh told The Hindu. Asked if it was a clarification, he said, “There is no question of a clarification as there is no truth in whatever some people have been saying about me.”
Last week, some senior local leaders from Indira Bhawan, the State headquarters of the party, had blamed the party’s national leaders from the State -- Union Ministers Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia besides Mr. Singh -- for the party’s poor performance in the 2008 Assembly polls and last year’s civic bodies’ polls.
Mr. Singh also rubbished allegations from Indira Bhawan that the Delhi “trinity” had formed a powerful conclave affecting the autonomy of the State unit.
“There is no conclave. Mr. Scindia and Mr. Kamal Nath have their own ways of working and I have my own,” said Mr. Singh. “The truth is that I have kept myself consciously aloof from the politics in Madhya Pradesh for the last ten years,” he added.
But why are these sudden allegations from the State leaders? Was there a rift within the party in Madhya Pradesh?
“Of course there is no rift. The reason is simple. They just want to shift the blame for the party’s poor performance on to someone,” said Mr. Singh.
Earlier, Mr. Singh told journalists in Indore that the State Government’s much publicised Prawasi Bharatiya Sammelan (NRIs’ conclave) led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan was nothing but a public relations drama.
“What has come out of previous investor meets? They keep signing MoUs but how many have materialised? Why would NRI investors leave other States and come to Madhya Pradesh when the State lags far behind in terms of basic infrastructure?” he asked.