Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh fired another salvo at the Bharatiya Janata Party-RSS combine on Thursday, saying the duo was using the campaign against corruption to divert people's attention from the involvement of Sangh activists over the last few years in terror acts in Malegaon, Modasa, Hyderabad and Ajmer Sharif and on the Samjhauta Express.
Having already used yoga teacher Baba Ramdev and social activist Anna Hazare as its fronts — and failed —, Mr. Singh said, the combine's next plan was to use Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to fight its battle against the Congress.
Mr. Singh tweeted three messages in quick succession.
The first message read: “Plan A - Baba Ramdev. Crashed. Plan B- Anna.? Plan C - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar soon to start his campaign.” The next one said: “Plan A, B and C are of Sangh/BJP to divert the minds of the people from their involvement in terror activities to corruption.” And the third one was: “I hold Sri Ravi Shankarji in high esteem and have done a course in the Art of Living as CM MP in 2001. He should be wary of Sangh/ BJP.”
These posts have drawn the BJP ire, and protests from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. But Mr. Singh has been consistently taking on the anti-corruption crusaders for their Sangh links.
Earlier this month, the Congress general secretary even wrote to Mr. Hazare, enclosing a copy of a letter written by a senior RSS leader to the social activist, assuring him of his organisation's support to Team Anna's India Against Corruption. This after Mr. Hazare had publicly denied the link. Since then, Mr. Hazare has gone on a maun vrat .
Reacting to Mr. Singh's observations on him, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar declared his intention to continue his fight against corruption by creating a “moral and spiritual” wave.
“A law is necessary. However, a law alone cannot bring down corruption. A moral and spiritual wave has to be created,” he said in a statement.
“Sri Sri has been speaking against corruption and will continue to fight against corruption. Even yesterday [Wednesday], he administered an oath to one lakh people to not give or take bribe,” said the statement issued by his media unit.