TERMING THE Vishnu Sahai Commission report on Muzaffarnagar riots as “surprising”, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh Sunday questioned how the report did not hold anyone responsible “when almost everyone knew that a BJP MP and an MLA were involved in spreading the conflagration”.
“It is difficult to understand that the report (presented in the UP Assembly last week) gave clean chit to all, including those who had been charged for inciting the violence with their speeches or by uploading a video clip, which was not even related to the incident in Muzaffarnagar. I am surprised that the report did not find anyone responsible except one police officer,” he said.
The senior Congress leader, who arrived in the state capital Sunday afternoon to attend the wedding reception of Aditya Yadav, son of senior UP Cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav, also took a jibe at the RSS, which recently decided to change the dress code of its members — from the trademark khaki shorts in place for 91 years to brown trousers.
“The dress does not matter. If we continue to carry bitterness and hatred in our thoughts, it does not matter how many times we change our dresses,” he said while asking the right-wing organisation to “now change its ideology too.”
During a meeting held in Nagpur, the RSS termed its decision to change the dress code as the organisation’s endeavour to “move with the times” and a sign that it is “not rigid”.
Singh was also scathing about the saffron outfit’s demand from the Centre to “throw out all anti-national elements from the universities”. “Who gave them (the RSS members) the right to issue certificates about somebody being anti-national? There is a Constitution, there are rules and regulations in this country. Delhi Police has not been able to find those who allegedly raised slogans at an event in JNU. Evidence has been tampered with and done by Shilpi Tiwari, a close aide of HRD minister Smriti Irani but what action has been taken,” Singh asked.
He said that while the central government sent Kanhaiya Kumar (accused of sedition) to jail, it did not take any action against the officer who said that he had issued a notice against liquor baron Vijay Mallya “by mistake”. Hinting at the government’s complicity, Singh remarked that “everyone knows who allowed Mallya to go outside the country despite heavy debts”.
Blaming the BJP for “disturbing the communal harmony” in the country, Singh said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been an RSS pracharak. By dividing Hindus and Muslims, raising issues of ghar wapasi, talking about ramzadas and haramzadas, they are trying to divert public attention (from their failures).”
While the leader avoided questions on Prashant Kishor being roped in by the Congress, he commented in favour of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra playing an “active role” in the Assembly elections to be held year, “Each Congress worker wants her to come into active politics and extend her role beyond Amethi and Rae Bareli,” Singh said.