A day after Madhya Pradesh's forest minister said that Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh is running the Kamalnath government from behind the curtains, he has now claimed that the leader is blackmailing the ministers. He has also written a letter to the Congress party high command complaining about the allged meddling. Umang Singhar, 45, is an MLA and the nephew of former deputy Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Jamuna Devi. Making sensational remark against Digvijaya Singh on Monday, he said " All I can say about honorable Digvijaya Singh is that he is running the government from behind the curtains. Everyone, including the people of Madhya Pradesh as well as Congress workers, know this. There is no need for him to write letters to ministers for getting various works done when he’s actually running the government.”
On Tuesday, he repeated his remarks and said that there is no need for him to backtrack from his statement. He told Republic TV that Digvijaya's role in government is well known. "The way in which he is taking part in decision making, it is all in open. He is blackmailing." In a two-page letter to party president Sonia Gandhi the forest minister alleged that Digvijaya Singh is trying to be the power centre in the MP govt and will destablize the govt. The development comes days after Singh alleged a nexus between saffron parties and Pakistan's spy agency ISI.
A BJP leader on Monday reportedly lodged a criminal case against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh over his allegation that BJP and Bajrang Dal take money from Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). BJP's city unit general secretary Satish Arora reportedly lodged an FIR against Digvijaya Singh at the Chandausi Kotwali police station. Speaking at party's press briefing, national spokesperson Sambit Patra on Monday said: "Congress has a 'Navratna' leaders who are responsible for such kind of careless statements. The main jewel in that Navratna is Digvijaya Singh. Others are Rahul Gandhi, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, Shashi Tharoor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Salman Khurshid, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sam Pitroda. Though they are in Congress, they are Pakistan's 'Navratna'. outing Congress' hate for PM Modi, he said that they did not know when they crossed a line, going against the nation. He also said that such statements gave oxygen to Pakistan's ISI.
Stirring controversy Congress Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh, on Sunday, alleged that the BJP and Bajrang Dal were taking money from Pakistan's ISI. He also stated that BJP was not part of India's freedom struggle, unlike the Congress. Questioning where they were in 1947, Singh condemned BJP's nationalism. He also made a big allegation that most Pakistani spies in India were non-Muslim.
"Our fight with BJP and Sangh is ideological. They did not participate in India's Freedom struggle. Now, they are giving us advice about nationalism. Where were they before 1947? Where were they when Indira Gandhi destroyed Pakistan into two? The number of Pakistan spies found in India are majorly non-muslims. Muslims spies are fewer. Bajrang Dal, BJP - they are taking money from ISI," Singh said.