Sangh Parivar should behave responsibly: Digvijay Singh


New Delhi: Joining issue with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which Wednesday attacked him over his remarks about the party, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said he would reconsider his statement if the Sangh Parivar organisations behave responsibly after the Ayodhya verdict.

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“I stay in my limits. Whatever I say is with responsibility… If the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), the VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and the BJP behave in a responsible manner after Sep 30 (when the Ayodhya title suit verdict will be given), I will be happy to reconsider my statement,” Singh said.

The BJP Wednesday attacked Singh for his statement that the main opposition party should “realise 2010 is not 1992”.

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that Singh was still nursing wounds of the defeat inflicted by his party in 2003 assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh and was trying to grab limelight by making “irresponsible statements” against the party.

Singh had Tuesday accused the BJP of using the Ram Temple issue for political gains and asked it to restrain its cadres when the Ayodhya verdict is delivered Thursday.

He had also charged senior BJP leader L.K. Advani of “vitiating the communal atmosphere” of the country in 1992.

Singh, a former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh who is Congress incharge of Uttar Pradesh, said he did not trust the BJP as its leaders had not stuck to the affidavits given to the court in 1992.

Referring to the impending court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute, he said: “We have to ensure that communal harmony and peace prevails under all circumstances.”

Singh said he would be very happy “if the BJP is able to control its cadre and people who have been making inflammatory speeches”.

“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.

Singh said Uttar Pradesh government had taken sufficient security measures in the wake of the judgment of the high court Thursday.