In mere 48 hours, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has repeated the Sangh terror charge for the second time. Congress President Rahul Gandhi's mentor this time has said “neither there is saffron terrorism nor there is Hindu terror, there is just Sanghi terror”. Digvijaya Singh’s recent comment has once again triggered a massive political storm.
“Neither there is ‘saffron terror’, nor Hindu terror, I say there’s Sanghi terror. This is also true that all Hindus are not terrorists but the people who get caught, why there link with Sangh is found? Why are they related to Hindus who spread extreme religious ideologies? Why is it like this? Why doesn't other people get caught?” said Digvijaya Singh.
Earlier on June 17, Singh had accused Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of promoting terrorism in the county. The former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh said that all Hindu terrorists caught in the past have had an association with the Sangh.
"All Hindu terrorists who have ever been caught have association with RSS in some way or the other. Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, was also part of RSS," Dijvijaya Singh had said.
Defending Digvijaya Singh's charges, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid had said that his statements need to be seen in the right context.
"Ideologically Digvijaya Singh has very strong views. He has opposed minority extremism and said that every kind of extremism is bad. We must contextualise what he said rather than generalise it and think he is saying it against one community or organisation," Salman Khurshid said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is seeing his statements as appeasement politics ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, which are due, along with polls in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and in Mizoram at the end of 2018, before the massive Lok Sabha elections in 2019.