Digvijay may contest 2014 polls if party allows

By: admin
Updated: 05 Nov 2012 12:33 AM

(Madhya Pradesh):
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday
made it clear that he might contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections if his
party gave him permission.

"I may contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections if the Congress allows me to
do so," he told reporters.

Singh had last contested the Assembly Elections in Madhya Pradesh in
December 2003. At that time, he had announced that if his party lost, he
would not contest any polls for another 10 years. The BJP had removed the
ruling Congress from power at that time.

The Congress leader further clarified that he did not intend to contest
the upcoming Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.

"I will not contest next year's Assembly Elections in Madhya Pradesh, but
I will make all the efforts to dislodge the ruling BJP government," he

Referring to BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who visited Ujjain to take
darshan of Lord Mahakaleshwar, the Congress leader said, "Even the Gods
would not bless the BJP chief, who is known to be corrupt."

Targeting Baba Ramdev, Singh said the Yoga guru had no right to talk about
Congress as he himself was "very corrupt".

"I have always maintained that Baba Ramdev is a thug and there has been no
change in my stand," he said.

Singh also sought to know why Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was
"hesitant" to talk about his private life.

"If he had got married, he should accept the fact and if not, he should
say that also openly," he said.

Talking about Bihar, Singh said, the assistance the state has been
receiving from the Centre now has increased six times as compared to what
it was getting when its present chief minister Nitish Kumar was a minister
in the NDA regime.

"It is strange that when he was a central minister, Nitish had never
raised the issue of giving special status to Bihar," Singh said.

Over the issue of revival of the National Herald newspaper, founded by
Jawaharlal Nehru, he said the party had done nothing wrong in this

The Congress has admitted that it had given a Rs 90 crore interest-free
loan to Associated Journals Limited (AJL) to help it revive the
now-defunct National Herald.