Digvijaya takes backseat in MP politics, says 'worship rising sun'
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Is the sun setting on Digvijay Singh's political career in Madhya Pradesh? If the veteran Congress leader is to be believed, the answer is yes. He has himself said so in public more than once in recent times.
"In our sanskar and sanskruti no one worships the setting sun," the former chief minister said at a rally in Gwalior in the presence of Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia this month. Glancing towards the young leaders, he said, "Let's all worship the rising sun."
The 66-year-old had used the allegory to justify his taking a seat behind the young leaders on the dais at the rally in the state he ruled between 1993 and 2003. Since that rally, Singh continues to occupy the backseat on the dais and has elaborated that the "setting sun" comment was directed at himself.
While some Congress leaders say this — and the projection of Scindia as the face of the party campaign — is also a part of a stategy to counter the BJP, which had announced that its campaign will target the "10-year misrule" of Singh, political observers believe the comments betrayed Singh's frustration more than anything else. His wings have been clipped and he often tells ticket-seekers not to bother him because he won't be able to meet their demands.
Singh's decline in state politics began with the appointment of Mohan Prakash as the AICC general secretary incharge of MP and was complete when the party made the young Union minister Scindia the chief of campaign committee. He got the taste of things to come when he could not even make it to the hall at the state headquarters where Scindia was addressing his first press conference. His supporters kept banging the door in vain before Singh chose to walk away.