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Digvijay Rejects BJP Demand For Dikshit Resignation

PTI 08 Aug 2011, 14:17:11 IST

Bangalore, Aug 7: Throwing his weight behind Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh today rejected BJP's demand for her resignation in the wake of the CAG report on Commonwealth Games.

“There is no question of resignation of Sheila Dikshit as the CAG report is not an incriminating evidence against anybody. It is basically an audit body and not an investigative entity,” Singh told reporters here.

Singh argued that CAG is a constitutional body which looks into government spending and should not be compared with the Lokayukta report which indicted former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on the illegal mining issue.

Asked when Rahul Gandhi would take charge of the Congress, Singh said Sonia Gandhi had appointed a four-member panel to look into party affairs. “Let the time come, everybody will come to know when Rahul Gandhi would assume charge,” he said.

He replied in the negative when asked if he felt left out from the panel. “Why should I feel left out?. I think Antony, Ahmed Patel and Janardhan Trivedi are in the party for a long time. I am junior to them,” he contended.

Asked about ‘dwindling prospects' of Congress in Karnataka, Singh said on the contrary, BJP's position was fast eroding.

“By-elections are usually won by the ruling party.  Therefore I don't think Congress is loosing ground in Karnataka,” he said.

Launching a tirade against BJP, he said there was a serious situation in Karnataka where the ruling party was facing dissensions and are undecided on the issue of forming cabinet.

“I think if Yeddyurappa had taken effective action against illegal mining and the wrongdoings of Reddy brothers, he would have still been the Chief Minister,” he added. PTI