Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had a meltdown on Twitter on Wednesday, a day after senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the grand old party. Taking a dig at Scindia, whose father was with Jana Sangha, the political arm of the RSS which ceased to exist in 1971, Singh said Congress should purge those who are closer to Sangh ideology.
A big Hug to you Saket. What Congress needs today is to purge all those who are closer to Sangh Ideology than the Gandhi Nehruvian Ideology. Pt Nehru all his life fought these people. But then RSS great strategy and capacity to don different मुखौटा is unmatched!! https://t.co/j59vD2skIZ— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) March 11, 2020
Scindia’s father was with Jana Sangh and his aunts, Yashodhara Raje and Vasundhara Raje have been senior BJP leaders. His grandmother, Vijayaraje Scindia had contested 1957 elections on a Congress ticket. However, she later quit Congress to join the Jana Sangha.
However, in his attempt to subtly label Scindia a ‘Sanghi’, Digvijaya Singh seems to have forgotten his own roots.
Twitter user ‘db’ claimed that Singh’s father was also a member of the Hindu Mahasabha.
Digvijaya Singh and RSS ties
Hindu Mahasabha was founded by Madan Mohan Malviya. Veer Savarkar was a prominent member of the Hindu Mahasabha. RSS founder, Keshav Hedgewar, was a former Hindu Mahasabha member.
Singh’s own brother, Lakshman Singh, had switched to the BJP from Congress before 2004 Lok Sabha elections. He then went back to Congress in 2013. Moreover, by Singh’s own admission, their family has ties with the Jana Sangh.
As per an Outlook Magazine report from 2009, when Digvijaya Singh’s father contested as in independent candidate in 1952 against Congress, the Jana Sangh had supported him.
Madhya Pradesh crisis
Madhya Pradesh state government is staring at a crisis after senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit Congress along with 21 other Congress MLAs. Soon after the resignation, Congress supporters have gone on to paint him as a ‘traitor’ for ditching the grand old party.