New Delhi: Despite Congress distancing
itself from his views, party leader Digvijay Singh has claimed
that his controversial article in a newspaper criticising Home
Minister P Chidambaram`s handling of Maoist problem reflected
the party`s policy.
"I feel I did the right thing. What I have written, I
stand by that and this is as per Congress policies," Singh
told a private TV channel when asked whether he stands by the views he
expressed in the article about the handling of the Maoist
Seeking to make light of his comment dubbing Chidambaram
as "intellectually arrogant", Singh said "I don`t regret it.
It is more of a comment on a friend. Don`t you make a comment
on your own friend?
"I made that remark and I went and apologised also that
don`t feel bad about it...PC (Chidambaram) has always been
calling me an opposition leader in UPA. We have been close
friends and we are still close friends."
Soon after the article, the AICC had distanced itself
from it noting that such views needed to be articulated in
party foras only.
Singh, however, said Chidambaram has to be more receptive
to ideas he was talking about like amending Forest Act, Mining
Act, Land Acquisition Act, forceful implementation of the
Panchayat extension in the scheduled areas.
Singh said these are the four pro-poor, pro-tribal
issues, which should be looked at.
The AICC leader said that when he had talked to
Chidambaram in this regard, the latter said "I can`t handle
this. You should talk to the Prime Minister."
Singh said he had told Chidambaram that he should take a
holistic view and "you are directly responsible."