The Congress party issued a statement that Digvijay Singh has not been “officially authorised” by the party to speak to the media. The statement came as a reaction to the remarks made by AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh against Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee. Digvijaya Singh had drawn ample flak from the ruling UPA for his remarks against Mamata Banerjee, referring to her as “immature” and “erratic”, owing to which the party had exhausted its patience levels.
“Digvijaya Singh is not officially authorised to speak on behalf of the party,” said the AICC, in what seemed to be clear snub against the partyleader. In fact this is not the first time that the party has maintained its distance from the statements made by Singh.
Singh had made the statement in a television interview, where he said that AICC will not step beyond certain limits while trying to mollify Banerjee. “All efforts have been made to console her, accept her views, accept her tantrums…Beyond a certain limit, the decision is hers…There is a limit to which you can bend to…There are certain eventualities, which if it cannot be avoided have to be faced,” aid Singh in the interview.
In an other interview with Karan Thapar on CNN IBN’s Devil’s Advocate, he made an incongrous statement citing that his party will not ask the TMC chief to leave the coalition and was “not throwing her out”.
Elsewhere he stated that it has been “very embarrassing” for Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh regarding Banerjee’s rejection of the names of UPA nominees for Presidency, and later joining hands with Samajwadi Party. He said that the UPA found it disagreeable when the TMC chief announced 3 new names, which included that of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, without taking the consent of those whose names were proposed.
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