MP Election: Digvijay Singh clarifies Congress’ stance on Bajrang Dal

Rajya Sabha MP Digvijay Singh
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Ahead of the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections, Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijay Singh has clarified his party’s stance on the Bajrang Dal. Speaking to the media, Singh stated that if Congress were to win the elections, they would not ban Bajrang Dal.

He acknowledged that there may be some good people in it. But, he warned that anyone involved in riots or violence would not be spared.

During the Karnataka Vidhan Sabha elections this year, the party included a ban on the Bajrang Dal in their manifesto. This led to widespread protests by BJP and Bajrang Dal members across the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also criticized the Congress during a rally in Karnataka. He said that this was the same party that had earlier locked up Lord Ram. He further said that they are now talking about banning Bajrang Bali.

Digvijay Singh made these comments while visiting the Avanti Bai Lodhi statue in Bhopal. There, the media asked him about Hindutva. Singh questioned whether the Prime Minister, Home Minister, and Chief Minister had taken an oath to uphold the Indian Constitution or a Hindu Rashtra.

Singh also defended his party colleague Kamal Nath. Earlier, the BJP had cornered Nath over his statement on Hindu Rashtra. He had clarified that he was referring to Dhirendra Shastri’s statement about making India a Hindu Rashtra during a religious discourse in Chhindwara. Nath had stated that Shastri had not spoken about a Hindu Rashtra but rather about Sarva Dharma.

Singh also accused the BJP of corruption in Madhya Pradesh. He said that there had been misrule by the party for the past 20 years. Singh alleged corruption in jobs, contracts, and even religious activities. He questioned the collection of thousands of crores of rupees for the construction of Ram Mandir. He asked why no account had been given to date.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan responded to Singh and Nath’s statements on Hindu Rashtra. He said that neither of them had any connection with Hindutva or the country. He said that their only interest is in votes.

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