After photos go viral, Digvijaya goes public with ‘relationship’

Says he would ‘formalise’ relationship, he doesn’t ‘hide facts like Modi’.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 1, 2014 2:43 am
Rajya Sabha TV anchor Amrita Rai interviews Digvijaya Singh. Rajya Sabha TV anchor Amrita Rai interviews Digvijaya Singh.

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s acceptance of his “relationship” with a 43-year-old Rajya Sabha TV anchor and their plans to get married created a political storm on Wednesday with the opposition BJP targeting the 67-year-old former Madhya Pradesh chief minister on “morality”.

Singh confirmed the relationship on Twitter a day after his pictures with journalist Amrita Rai went viral on social media.

The senior Congress leader has recently thrown barbs over Narendra Modi’s marital status. He has also been an energetic critic of the BJP and Sangh Parivar, demanding ‘answers’ from them about their words and actions, and persistently seeking to embroil them in controversies.

On Wednesday, Singh told The Indian Express, “I have said what I wanted to. I don’t hide facts like Modi,” in an apparent reference to the marital status of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

Earlier in the afternoon, Singh had tweeted, “I have no hesitation in accepting my relationship with Amrita Rai. She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case. Once that is decided we would formalise it. But I do condemn encroachment in our private life.”

Rai too posted on Twitter: “I have separated from my husband and we have filed a mutual consent divorce papers. After which I have decided to marry with Digvijaya Singh.”

She also tweeted, “My email/ computer been hacked & contents tampered with. It is a serious crime in India & encroachment of my privacy. I strongly condemn it.”

Within hours of the two sets of tweets, an anonymous envelope containing their photographs and copies of emails purportedly exchanged between them reached newspaper offices.

Singh’s wife passed away in February last year after prolonged illness.

BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said, “A new definition of morality has been given by the actions of senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh Saheb. Those who preach lessons of morality should first look within themselves to see if they are practising what they are preaching to others. As far as the legal aspect of the matter of adultery is concerned, it is up to the husband of the lady to pursue the matter.”

Singh’s fellow AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed claimed he was not aware of the matter. Congress sources maintained that it would not have any impact on him or the party politically.

“He is in the Rajya Sabha and elections are over in Madhya Pradesh. Politically, this issue has no implications for the party,” another Congress general secretary said.

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  1. R
    May 24, 2016 at 6:20 am
    Being in politics does not mean that the private matters of ,leaders should be made as a issue and be discussed . If the parties in relationship and their families have no objection ,then it is not for the general public to create rukus by making it as a big issue. The persons concerned knows ,what effect their relationship may have in the eyes of general public and and are still willing to go ahead with it ,then they should be given space and unnecessary commemts about their personal life should not be made . Even the concerned persons should avoid taking a dig at their political opponents about their personal life ,as they cannot take any advantage of the same as general public having their own problems have no time to follow such things and this kind of news becomes history after few days of remaining in news, as something new crops up in the meantime.
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      Rangaesh Gadasalli
      May 1, 2014 at 6:05 am
      Falling in love is not a crime Digvijayji. But being a top leader and father having an affair with in months of wife's death will not be appreciated by your own children. You made dirty comments on Modi's BAL VIVAH and tried your best to target him. You lost all credibility and Modi is having the last laugh. None of your colleagues are making any comments. what a mystery.
      1. A
        May 1, 2014 at 2:22 am
        Diggy joins Tiwari club after Singhvi
        1. T
          May 1, 2014 at 12:29 am
          Digvijay says he does not hide facts like Modi.Maybe he meant he hided them like Vadra does. The internet is full of fact about Vadra that he does not talk about nor does the rest of his family who are on TV everyday.
          1. Om Bansal
            May 1, 2014 at 2:12 am
            Diggi has been hiding this relationship , he had to acknowledge once it became viral on social media.
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