New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has created another political storm with yet another controversial statement. Singh on Saturday claimed that he received a call from the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad chief Hemant Karkare just two hours before the 26/11 terror attack.
According to Singh, Karkare reportedly told him that he (Karkare) faced threat from those opposed to the Malegaon blast investigations which had unearthed Hindu terror links. Karkare allegedly told him that his life was under constant threats.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has strongly objected to Singh's statement, saying it was similar to that of former minorities affairs minister AR Antulay, who had said that there was more to the death of Karkare, implying there was a Hindutva element.
Congress has distanced itself from Singh's comments. But has Singh pushed his party to a corner with WikiLeaks alleging that Congress was dabbling in religious politics? Even Kavita Karkare, widow of Karkare, said that her husband's death should not be politicised.
"he said my family has been getting these phone calls, anonymous phone calls and they are threatening me, my family 'why have you arrested these people'," claimed Digvijaya on Saturday in New Delhi.
Even though Congress promptly distanced itself from the powerful leader's comments, the party was careful not to reprimand him
"Only Digvijaya Singh can respond to this question properly as this was not an information shared with the Congress party," said Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi.
Even after Singh's comments the only thing that the Congress had to say was that it was a private conversation between Karkare and Singh. This leads to suspicion that in pursuit of votes Congress will keep the confusion going.
Singh has made this comment in the past, going to the extent of visiting the family of alleged terrorists of the Batla House encounter. He has in fact asked for a speedy trial for the young men of Azamgarh who are in jail for their alleged involvement in terror acts.
As in-charge of Uttar Pradesh and a champion of Muslim rights, Singh's frequent deviation from the party line has been ignored.
But now his party is feeling the heat with both BJP and Kavita Karkare hitting back strongly.
"There is a deliberate design behind the utterance of Mr Digvijay Singh to distract the embarrassment which the Congress party and the UPA Government is facing because of the barrage of corruption charges from Commonwealth to 2G to Adarsh Society," said BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi.
Kavita Karkare called Singh's comments as votebank politics.
"Votebank politics is behind all these comments," Kavita said in Mumbai.
To make matters worse according to the latest cables leaked by WikiLeaks former US ambassador to India, David Mulford, said that Congress played minority politics after 26/11.
Congress dismissed the leak as fake but the question is whether a few votes justify playing with sentiments of those who lost their lives in acts of terror?