BJP planning communal riots for 2014 poll gain, says Digvijay Singh

Congress leader Digvijay Singh has claimed that the BJP might organise communal riots in Congress-ruled states in the hope of winning Lok Sabha elections due next year.

The BJP feels it cannot win the election without “communalising” the situation, he said addressing the general body meeting of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

Singh, recently appointed in-charge of Congress affairs in Karnataka, urged the party government in the state to be on vigil to put down attempts to create communal disturbance.

In his address to the meeting, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah assured that his government would put down any attempts at creating communal disturbance in the state.

The Congress returned to power in Karnataka on its own after nine years defeating the BJP in the May 5 assembly poll.

This was Singh’s first visit to the state after his appointment as party unit’s in-charge.

Singh, who is also Congress general secretary, said a panel would be set up to ensure coordination between the government and the party in the state.

Setting up of such a panel has been sought by a section in Karnataka Congress that feels that Siddaramaiah was taking unilateral decisions to corner glory for himself at the cost of the party.

This was essential if the Congress had to perform well in the Lok Sabha election, he said. Karnataka sends 28 members to the Lok Sabha and in the 2009 election the Congress had won just six with the BJP bagging 19 and Janata Dal-Secular three.