Digvijay Singh pleads for bigger role for Rahul in Cong

He favoured foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail and claiming it would benefit both consumers and producers.

Written by Agencies | Shimla | Published:July 21, 2012 10:12 pm

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh today pleaded for a bigger role for Rahul Gandhi in the party claiming he had created an impact as incharge of Indian Youth Congress and NSUI.

He said there was a shortage of younger leadership in Congress in some states and efforts are being made to fill the vacuum.

Talking to mediapersons,he defended the dynastic succession of Nehru-Gandhi family and said the family had made “supreme sacrifices” for the country and lost two towering leaders.

“The family has given much more to the country than taken from it”,he claimed.

Accusing Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal as a “BJP agent”,Singh said he was only targeting Congress and was “silent” about corruption in BJP-ruled states of Karnataka,Madhya pradesh Chhattisgarh and Gujarat and did not utter a word against Gujarat government where Lokayukta was not appointed for years.

Referring to the arrest of Balkrishna,a close aide of yoga guru Ramdev,Singh said CBI was investigating cases of alleged tax evasion against him and attacked the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh for giving 98 bighas of prime land for Pitanjali Peeth managed by Balkrishna.

Asked about declaring the leader of Congress party ahead of assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh,he said it was not the tradition of Congress party as the leader has to be elected by the MLAs.

Alleging that the case against former HP chief minister Virbhadra Singh was politically motivated,he said the veteran leader would come out clean and his honour would be vindicated.

Singh sought to down play the poor performance of Congress in assembly polls in five states and claimed the vote bank of Congress had increased in all the states.

He favoured foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail and claiming it would benefit both consumers and producers.

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