Digvijay Singh mellows down after spitting fire on Anna

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New Delhi, Sept 11: The Congress leader, Digvijay Singh is infamous for his slander and most often than not has to take back his statement after it rub people the wrong way. Always in the news for his insensitive rhetoric, this time around Singh has sprung a surprise by calling anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare a "simple, good, well-meaning man" and said that his arrest should have been handled more tactfully.

Only last month, Singh had called Anna, an RSS mask. In a complete flip from his earlier statement, Singh said, "The matter (Anna's arrest) should have been handled more tactfully. Anything else that I've to say about it, I'll say it directly to my leader. ....When I say more tactfully I mean for example: why were the opposition parties not involved in the drafting process (of Lokpal). We made an unprecedented move, and we made it just out of respect for Anna. But why leave the opposition out, it made the BJP very angry."

Speaking in high regard on the efforts of the Gandhian Anna, he said that Anna had unknowingly fallen into the trap of the RSS. He added, "I have known Anna from the time the media didn't know him. I made him member of Madhya Pradesh Planning Board. He did some great work. He is a simple, good, well-meaning man. But he has been misled. Anna has unwittingly become a front of the RSS. Anna is a Gandhian but he enjoys support of the RSS. I never called him an agent, but a front."

He further stated, "He (Anna) has unwittingly fallen into that trap. Anna has been used by the RSS. I have letter of RSS support to Anna. They had RSS support, that now is an established fact."

Singh, did not have similar thoughts on key Team Anna member, Arvind Kejriwal and commented, "I attacked double standards of Kejriwal. He took a study leave. He said he would return. Why did he not? He accepted donations from abroad while he was still a government servant. Did he take permission from the government to start his NGO? He wants us to follow the rules, I think as a govt employee he too should have followed them."

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