Every other morning we pick up the newspaper and we have come across some statement by Ex. Madhya Pradesh C.M. and Congress leader Sri Digvijay Singh. Most of the times we discuss these comments as just blabber but if you see closely you will see what Mr. Singh is aiming for and has partly achieved success in doing.
At first he aimed guns at Baba Ramdev and with help of other party leaders destroyed Baba's movement as well as his reputation. One day he praised Baba and the next day he called him a 'Thug' (Con). Soon after police forces flushed out around 50,000 peaceful protesters from Ramlila ground document after document started to tumble out of unknown sources. Baba's Ayurveda business, through which he has treated tens of thousands was targeted. His associate Bal Krishna was targeted. Donations to Baba were targeted. In all, he was pushed around and targeted until his anti Black money movement became secondary and giving explanation to the allegation became primary.
Then it was Anna Hazare's turn. The same Anna whom Digvijay has been photographed touching feet of became corrupt and RSS aligned overnight when his anti-corruption movement caught imagination of the country. Digvijay called Anna a mask of the RSS and BJP and even questioned Anna's decision making capability by saying that he is guided by others.
What did Digvijay Singh achieve by this?
Nothing, many would say.
But by making these allegations and forcing Anna and his team to explain things he did achieve something.
Digvijay made sure that all those people who had risen above party and other lines to take part in the anti-corruption movement once again got cut off with the movement. Digvijay made sure that even if the movement is against Congress for the time being (as it holds the power at the center) no RSS or BJP aligned person takes part in it. Not even to get his head counted in the crowd.
Isn't that a loss for the movement? It is a big loss I would say.
In the same way when after April's fast of Anna some property tax evasion charges were leveled against the Bhushan's by Digvijay Singh this time there have been charges against Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi. Like the last time when the tax notice miraculously appeared in Digvijay's hand this time also the whole file of travel expenses of Kiran Bedi somehow found it's way to office of a specific anti-movement newspaper. Co-incidence did anyone say?
Digvijay has nothing to lose. He knows that the way things are going the future of Congress is already dark due to the not-so-good deeds of it's leaders. And he has been successful to some extent I would say.
However this is not the first time when some Government is going after people who have shown the resolve to stand against it. The same happened to all the people involved in Tehelka sting operation. All of them were hunted down and their professional lives destroyed.
Now Digvijay has turned his mouth-canon towards Sri Sri Ravishankar. A mistake I would say because Anna and his team are not down and out yet. May be it is the single biggest mistake that Digvijay has made in this game of politics that he is playing. It might prove very tough for him to deal with two equally influential and morally strong anti-corruption groups at the same time.
Mr. Singh, may be this time you bit more than you can swallow! The people of India may not prove to be as foolish as you make them out to be. Come elections and you and your party will get a fitting reply.