If RSS-BJP act responsibly, I will reconsider remark: Digvijay

Under attack from BJP for his remarks that "2010 is not 1992", Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday hit back saying if RSS, VHP and BJP behave in a responsible manner after September 30, he will reconsider his statement.

Updated: Sep 29, 2010, 21:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Under attack from BJP for his
remarks that "2010 is not 1992", Congress leader Digvijay
Singh on Wednesday hit back saying if RSS, VHP and BJP behave in a
responsible manner after September 30, he will reconsider his
statement.

"I know the parameters of accountability and morality. I
do not need certificate from the BJP. If the RSS, VHP and BJP
behave in a responsible manner after September 30 (when the
Ayodhya title suit verdict will be given), I will be happy to
reconsider it (statement made yesterday)," Singh told
reporters here.
Singh, who is the AICC General Secretary in-charge of
Uttar Pradesh said he knew to stay in his "limits" and
whatever he said was with full responsibility.

He again reiterated that he did not trust the BJP as the
party went back on its affidavit given in the Supreme Court in
1992 and "facilitated the demolition of the Babri mosque".

Singh had said yesterday that the BJP should realise that
2010 was not 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished and
asked the party to "restrain" its cadre.

"I hope BJP would realise that 2010 is not 1992...They
should restrain their cadres from indulging in violence,"
Singh had said.

He had also charged senior BJP leader L K Advani of
"vitiating the communal atmosphere" of the country in 1992 and
alleged that he has again brought up the issue of Ram temple
in his statement in Somnath which "he did not do when he was
the Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the country".

"BJP`s relationship with Ram is limited to elections.
What was BJP doing (for Ram temple) when it was in power. They
have only tried to use the issue politically," Singh had said.

The comments invited strong criticism from the BJP with
party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain asking Singh to practise
restraint, saying he should not make "irresponsible comments"
and should stay within limits of propriety.
Singh today said there are "fringe elements" in the
country both among the Hindus and the Muslims who want to
polarise the situation and communalise the "body politic" of
the country. "We have to ensure that communal harmony and
peace peace prevails under all circumstances," he said.

The Congress leader said, "I would be very happy if the
BJP is able to control their cadre and the people who have
been raising such issues and making inflammatory statements".

Singh also complimented UP Chief Minister Mayawati for
taking sufficient measures to control any communal
conflagration in the wake of the judgement of the Allahand
High Court tomorrow.

"There is no doubt that there is tension in UP. But the
state government has taken sufficient measures. By and large,
the reports we have got from the state is encouraging," Singh
said.

He, however, expressed apprehension about Madhya Pradesh
saying "it remains to be seen whether the District Magistrates
listen to the Chief Minister or the leaders of the VHP, RSS
and others in the state."

Singh said the Chief Minister of the state Shivraj Singh
Chauhan had called him earlier and sought cooperation in
maintaining law and order and communal harmony.
"There are some elements in the BJP who would like to
incite passions...We have to be careful. By and large, the
situation cannot be like 1992. The generation born in 1990 is
looking ahead on issues of livelihood and employment," he
said.

PTI