I am not Rahul Gandhi’s mentor: Digvijay Singh

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Saturday said he was neither a mentor nor adviser to fellow party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi as commonly perceived.

Updated: Jul 30, 2011, 18:37 PM IST

Bhopal: Senior Congress leader Digvijay
Singh on Saturday said he was neither a mentor nor adviser to fellow
party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi as commonly perceived.

"The only relationship that I share with Rahul is that
he is an MP from Uttar Pradesh a state whose in-charge I am
for the Congress," Singh told agency.
No one in the Congress has ever said or announced that
I am an adviser or mentor of Rahul but still the "myth"
continues, he said.

"I think it is time that Rahul becomes the Prime
Minister. Rahul is now 41, and he has been working for the
party for the last seven to eight years. However, all this
will be decided by him only," Singh had told agency last month.

Meanwhile, clarifying his stand on terrorism, the
Congress general secretary said he was against fundamentalists
of all types, irrespective of religion.

He said it was incorrect to blame him for targeting
only hardline Hindu outfits for terrorism. "As Madhya Pradesh
chief minister I was equally tough with both Bajrang Dal and
SIMI."
Singh, who has often courted controversies for his
utterances, said Congress president Sonia Gandhi had never
sought any clarification from him about those statements.

"The only time she said something was when I wrote an
article on Union Home Minister P Chidambaram," he added.

Singh had stoked a controversy last year by calling
Chidambaram as "intellectually arrogant". He, however, later
expressed regrets over the remark.

PTI