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Is Digvijay Singh still relevant to Congress in Madhya Pradesh?

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Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh is always in news for various reasons. Following the visit of Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh to attend Congress Sankalp Yatra, Digvijaya Singh was totally sidelined by the party. Another senior Congress leader Kamal Nath was in the thick of the business and Diggiraja was nowhere in the seen.

Madhya Pradesh is a poll-bound state and at such a crucial time, it is important to understand what the Congress veteran is doing. He has been a loose cannon for the Congress party in the past and caused embarrassment to the party.

Digvijay Singh remained a staunch supporter of Congress even though he was lured by ‘Janasangh’ and the BJP to join them.

He is also a fierce critique and active face to oppose the BJP and the RSS openly. Singh has made several times such statements that simply show his loyalty towards Congress and his differences and distance with BJP and RSS. He has compared the RSS with the Nazis of Germany. He had several times accused RSS of their involvement in terrorists’ activities in India. He is the one who alleged RSS, of creating and spreading saffron terror in the name of ‘Hindutva’.

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He became Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in 1993 and remained till 2003. However, during 2003 state assembly election, Congress lost Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan. He failed to understand the pulse of the common man and took full responsibility. He decided not to participate in any electoral politics for 10 years. He devoted himself to the party work. After a decade of political alienation, he was elected for Rajya Sabha in 2014.

In 2017, he was held ‘accountable’ for not being able to form the government despite winning more seats than BJP in Goa. Singh was sacked as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in charge of Karnataka and Goa.

In poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, it appears that in the upcoming state election, Singh is temporarily sidelined by the central leadership and clearly not a favourite of Rahul Gandhi.

He comes from a reputed royal family of the state and has been very loyal to the party. He definitely holds a clout of voters and supporters who have started campaigning in his support for the CM post. Knowing the reality, he has distanced himself from such promotions.

Digvijay Singh took to Twitter and said, “I am not a CM candidate”.

But it is also very important to understand that he has been spearheading the anti-Modi campaign single handedly. So Congress would need him, but not in any official role. He has been attacking PM Modi for his insensitive approach towards Dalit atrocities, his religious romance with other community leaders for the vote bank and on his foreign tour.

Currently, it is impossible to push him off from the political picture in Madhya Pradesh. But how he takes his political career forward, will be very interesting to watch.

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