New Delhi: Slamming Digvijay Singh for
his anti-RSS remarks, the BJP on Monday accused him of "trying to
communalise" the fight against terror and alleged that the
Congress was using him for diversionary tactics as it was
under attack over the Mumbai bombings.
"It is very unfortunate that Digvijay Singh is
deliberately trying to provoke and seeking to change the
entire investigation into the Mumbai serial blasts. It is
BJP`s charge that he is deliberately trying to communalise the
fight against terror for petty political gains," BJP
spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
He was reacting to Singh`s comment yesterday that "RSS
was spreading terrorism in the country and it has been making
bomb factories." The Congress general secretary had earlier
courted controversy when he said that he does not rule out the
involvement of Sangh in Mumbai serial blasts.
"We all know whom the SIT and the NIA are
interrogating in the terror attack case," Prasad said and
claimed that such statements from Singh were denting India`s
image on the international stage.
"His utterances must also be gladdening the hearts of
terrorists, and notably the ISI," Prasad said.
Indian Mujahideen is being seen as a prime suspect in
the three blasts that took place in Mumbai on July 13 and some
members of the outfit have been questioned in the matter.
Demanding an apology from Congress leadership, Prasad
said, "There is a legitimate suspicion to infer that Digvijay
Singh is speaking the language of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi....
The intention behind his speaking is help the government which
is getting implicated in scandal after scandal and is not able
to shed off its image of being soft on terror."
"Singh`s comments are unfortunate and condemnable.
Congress should apologise. What is it that whenever the issue
of terror or corruption comes up, Singh becomes very
active.... It appears that he is giving relief to the Congress
from attacks on these issues (by diverting attention)," Prasad
The BJP strongly defended its founthead, the RSS,
saying it is a nationalist organisation that the party is
The party "requested" Congress President Sonia Gandhi
to put a check on Singh and not permit the "sacrifice of amity
and integrity" of the country for votebank politics.
Since Singh has been appointed by Sonia Gandhi and is
the political mentor of Rahul, "he is speaking his master`s
voice". This was more so, as both Sonia and Rahul are silent
on most issues, Prasad said.
He wondered why Singh was still making public comments
when Sonia Gandhi had declared sometime back that only
Congress spokespersons will speak to the media.
Recalling Singh`s controversial statements, the BJP MP
said he had questioned the Batla House encounter and visited
the families of the terrorists in Azamgarh, "called Osama bin
Laden `Osamaji`, labelled Baba Ramdev a thug and Anna Hazare a
dictator. He had also called Suresh Kalmadi innocent though
the latter is in jail".
"Singh`s comments cannot be more irresponsible, cheap
and unfortunate. We want him to speak more as we gain from his
statements. But he is trying to break the consensus in the
fight against terror. BJP wants the country to stay united,"