Digvijay brands Narendra Modi 'most communal', accuses him of misleading people

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 19 2013, 03:58am hrs
BusinessCongress general secretary Digvijay Singh accused Narendra Modi of giving misleading statements and dubbed him "most communal". Reuters
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday accused Narendra Modi of giving misleading statements and dubbed him "most communal".

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Asked if BJP is trying to project Modi as a secular figure especially after his anointment as the party's PM's candidate, Singh said "if he is the most secular person, who is the most communal person"

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On Modi giving allegedly misleading statements, Singh said the year in which he was taking about going to the army school in his rally in Rewari, no such school had existed at that time.

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"He (Modi) has divided NDA and is now trying to divide his party," Singh charged. "There appeared to be total collusion with SP when Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) came out with the demand for "hourasi Kosi Parikrama" during a period when the 'Sant and the Mahatmas' are not allowed to move out of their house which is the 'Chaturmas', " said Singh on the sidelines of an event.

He went on to add, "It is unheard of the way Ashok Singhal was given the oppportunity to address a press conference when he was in custody and when Praveen Togadia and his 'VHP gang' had made a big show in the media. In Muzzaffarnagar, it was quite apparent that the communal tension was growing. Unfortunately, no preventive steps were taken by the state government in preventing this riot. The judicial commission will do its job but wherever there is an obvious evidence of people engineering communal riots, at least take action against those people and arrest them. Why are they not being arrested," he asked.

Talking about the recent sting operation done by a TV channel on the role of police during Muzaffarnagar riots, Singh said if that can be taken as an evidence under the law, action should be taken against all who were responsible for this.

Asked about the state government's "failure" in taking action against the riots culprits till now, Singh said " this is what amazes me that a government which was supported by all secular elements in the voting list of Uttar Pradesh is acting in this manner".

Asked about the Centre's role, Singh said the Centre has taken a strong stand in this. "The Prime Minister and the Congress President had visited the affected areas. Army and paramilitary forces were sent within an hour of the state's demand. All actions has been taken which are permissible under the Constitution of India," he said.

Asked if the Centre was putting pressure on Uttar Pradesh government to act, Singh said "a strong statement by the Prime Minister calling upon the chief minister to take strong action is good enough."

He the first priority should be the resettlement and rehabilitation of the people who have been affected by the riots. "We have also to ensure that the peace prevails.