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Digvijaya Singh booked for sharing post Hindutva ideologue MS Golwalkar

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The Madhya Pradesh Police on Sunday registered a case against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh for sharing a post on former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief MS Golwalkar on social media.

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Singh on Saturday had tweeted a picture of a page carrying several comments attributed to Golwalkar.

In one of the comments, the Hindutva leader was quoted as saying that he would rather accept British slavery than have equal rights given to Dalits, backward classes and Muslims. The complaint was filed against Singh by a RSS worker Rajesh Joshi, who claimed that Golwalkar had never made such a comment.

Singh was booked under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence), 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 500 (defamation) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.

“The BJP can’t silence the voice of Congress,” Madhya Pradesh Congress media department chairman KK Mishra said to PTI news agency. “I had given a complaint to the police about a video on beef shared by a state BJP spokesman, but four months have passed and the police have not taken any action despite submission of all proofs,” Mishra said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan alleged that it was a “habit” of Congress leaders to spread hatred.

“This kind of “false propaganda” about Guruji [Golwalkar] shows the frustration of Congress leaders,” he said.

The police action comes a day after a first information report was filed against Bhojpuri singer Neha Singh Rathore in Bhopal on Friday for a tweet that showed showed a person wearing dress of Hindutva militant group, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, urinating on another person sitting in front of him.

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