In more trouble for the Congress, senior state party leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi on Tuesday described AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh as a “big conspirator” and blamed him for the party’s defeat in Madhya Pradesh.
“People were apprehensive that acting at Digvijaya Singh’s behest, someone would push Jyotiraditya Scindia behind and usurp the chief minister’s chair. He (Singh) is a big conspirator,’’ the Rajya Sabha MP and regional satrap was quoted as saying by a local daily.
When contacted, he confirmed his comments. “I have said what I had to say,” he said, adding that it was a complete failure of the party organisation.
Singh could not be contacted.“Scindia’s projection was half-hearted, that too just a month-and-a-half before the elections. The outcome would have been different if Scindia had been projected as an alternative to Shivraj Singh Chouhan six months before polls. Instead (Congress) leaders were busy in factionalism,’’ he said, blaming late decision-making and delayed ticket distribution as the other reasons for the debacle.
Asked if the party high command should also be held responsible, Chaturvedi declined to comment. In the past, Chaturvedi has been vocal about Scindia being made the chief ministerial candidate, or at least the campaign committee chief.
While PCC chief Kantilal Bhuria did not agree with Chaturvedi, vice-president Rameshwar Nikhra said it had become a fashion for some Congress leaders and workers to blame Singh for everything.
The party’s minority cell chief Mohammed Salim said minority candidates were fielded from constituencies where the share of minority votes was not decisive. Of the five Muslim candidates who contested on Congress tickets, only Arif Aqueel won from Bhopal (North).