STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Digvijay rebuts Salman Rushdie's charge

NEW DLEHI: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh today dismissed Salman Rushdie\'s charge that his presence at the Jaipur Literary Festival was blocked because of the party\'s "useless

Published: 18th March 2012 07:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:37 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DLEHI: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh today dismissed Salman Rushdie's charge that his presence at the Jaipur Literary Festival was blocked because of the party's "useless electoral calculations".

"I respect him but he is talking different from real situation," he told reporters here when his attention was drawn to the author's remarks at the India Today conclave yesterday. Rushdie, who has been castigated by fundamentalist Muslim groups for his book 'The Satanic Verses', had said blocking his presence in Jaipur "led the Congress party down the road" in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

Referring to the controversy which surrounded the Jaipur Festival in January which forced him to skip the event, he said, "What happened there is not Deobandi bigotry... It was pretty useless electoral calculations. It did not work, Rahul (Gandhi)." He suggested that this "led to the debacle" of Congress in Uttar Pradesh.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp