New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, who was in the then Madhya Pradesh chief minister Arjun Singh's Cabinet, says the state government only followed the Center's orders and allowed former Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson to leave India.
Singh's statement is an embarrassing direct political hint that the then Rajiv Gandhi government aided Anderson's exit,
Anderson was taken in blue ambassador with a red beacon light to the Bhopal airport on December 7, 1984. He boarded a waiting state government plane for New Delhi and left India. While several government officials then posted in Bhopal have confirmed they acted on instructions, the mystery over who ordered this unprecedented move remains.
Now Singh says the state government hardly had any role to play in the case. He says that the Madhya Pradesh government was only acting on orders of the Central Government of the time, thereby possibly pointing fingers at Rajiv Gandhi, who was the prime minister in December 1984.
A worried Congress quickly distanced itself from Arjun Singh and went to the extent of hinting the former chief minister should accept some blame. The oblique reference to Rajiv Gandhi by a General Secretary considered by many as powerful and close to Rahul and Sonia Gandhi forced an instant damage control by the party.
The man, who knows it all is still silent and for the Congress it may suit to make him the fall guy once again.