New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijay Singh,
who has landed in controversies with provocative comments on Sunday admitted for the first time that party chief Sonia
Gandhi had ticked him off when he criticised Home Minister P
Chidambaram last year for his anti-Maoist strategy.
The "only gag" on me was after I wrote a piece on
Chidambaram. "She (Gandhi) did tick me off and I went and
apologised to Chidambaram," Singh told a private news channel.
Singh had stoked a controversy by calling Chidambaram
"intellectually arrogant" and said his approach on the Maoist
issue was a "narrow sectarian view, treating it as a purely
law and order problem".
Queried whether his controversial statements were
bringing Rahul Gandhi a bad name as he is his advisor, the
AICC General Secretary said, "Absolutely wrong. I am neither
an advisor nor a mentor to Rahul Gandhiji."
Persistently asked about the issue, Singh said when
did he say that he was an advisor to Rahul. "Who has said that
I am a mentor to Rahul Gandhiji. No one in my party has said
this to me."
Seeking to blunt allegations that he was communalising
terror, Singh said he was not doing so and suggested that it
was senior BJP leader L K Advani and his party who should be
blamed for this if it was so.
"People who have communalised this first of all is
people like L K Advani who went to the Prime Minister with a
delegation when the ATS Maharashtra arrested Sreekant Purohit,
Pragya Thakur and Dayanand Pandey and others in the Malegaon
blast. BJP went in a delegation to the Prime Minister. Are
they not communalising the issue?" he shot back when asked
about the allegations.