Digvi­jaya Tells Gand­his to Free Him of All Posts

Congress gen sec­re­tary cites his Nar­mada Parikrama as rea­son

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: AICC gen­eral sec­re­tary Digvi­jaya Singh has for­mally re­quested Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi “to relieve him of al l party re­spon­si­bil­i­ties”, ac­cord­ing to party in­sid­ers. His re­quest to the Gand­his, it is learnt, was made around the time when he firmed up his mind to em­bark on a six-month, 3,300 km ‘spir­i­tual pa­day­a­tra’ from Septem­ber 30 as part of the Nar­mada Parikrama, an an­nual pil­grim­age in Mad­hya Pradesh and parts of Gu­jarat. Party in­sid­ers added he cited his “im­mi­nent pre­oc­cu­pa­tion” with his “pa­day­a­tra” as the rea­son to the Gand­his for want­ing to be di­vested of his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

When ET con­tacted Singh for con­fir­ma­tion, he merely ac­knowl­edged hav­ing made such a re­quest to the Gand­his but re­fused to com­ment fur­ther.

If the Congress pres­i­dent had re­lieved Singh of his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties asAICCin-char­ge­ofKar­natakaand Goa by April end, he was also freed of his Te­lan­gana charge a cou­ple of daysago.Sources­saidSingh­wanted to be sim­i­larly di­vested of his charge of Andhra too. A two-term CM of Mad­hya Pradesh, Singh is also a mem­ber of the Congress Work­ing Com­mit­tee be­sides be­ing part of many im­por­tant na­tional pan­els.

ET had in its July 18 edi­tion re­ported that Singh had dis­closed to it about his Nar­mada Parikrama plan, “as ad­vised by my Guru”, while stress­ing it would be a strictly a “non­po­lit­i­cal” and “com­pletely re­li­giou­sand­spir­i­tual” en­deav­our which he had wanted to un­der­takesince1997but­could not ashe was pre-oc­cu­pied with po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ments. How­ever, his an­nounce­ment had trig­gered spec­u­la­tions in Congress cir­cles, with many wondering whether his pil­grim­age would ac­tu­ally end up be­ing a ma­jor “mass con­tact pro­gramme”, more so since the route he fi­nalised cov­ers 110 as­sem­bly seg­ments of MP and 20 seg­ments in Gu­jarat. While MP is sched­uled to go to elec­tions in De­cem­ber 2018, Gu­jarat as­sem­bly polls will be held this De­cem­ber.

Singh’spa­day­a­trasched­ulewil­l­co­in­cide with the on­go­ing Congress or­gan­i­sa­tional polls, cul­mi­nat­ing with the planned take-over of Rahul Gandhi as party pres­i­dent in Oc­to­ber with his cho­sen AICC lead­er­ship team.

Digvi­jaya ac­knowl­edges hav­ing made such a re­quest to the Gand­his but re­fuses to com­ment fur­ther

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