When he was Madhya Pradesh CM, Digvijay Singh ensured the pogrom against Muslims by tribals in neighbouring Gujarat did not spill over into his state. Today, as party general secretary, he is one of the lead campaigners for the Congress in the assembly elections in Gujarat next month. Excerpts from an interview to Outlook:
What does the recent Tehelka investigation into the '02 riots prove?
It only proves what we have been saying from the beginning—the culprits can't be booked as long as Narendra Modi is in power. The Nanavati-Shah commission (probing the riots) appears to be thoroughly compromised as per the statement of Gujarat's ex-advocate general in the Tehelka tapes.
Is there a feeling that highlighting the riots in the election campaign will further polarise Gujarati society, help Modi consolidate the Hindu vote?
Let us forget about polarisation—it's already there. What is morally correct is morally correct, what is morally wrong is morally wrong—even if it means losing out on voteshare.
In the last elections,...