Bhopal: Belligerent Congress leader Digvijay Singh has refuted the allegations that the activities of now banned outfit ‘Students Islamic Movement of India’ (SIMI) had increased during his tenure as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. The smoldering issue has yet again brought the two arch rivals the Congress and the BJP at loggerheads in MP.

Recently, Home Minister Umashankar Gupta's had claimed that SIMI activities had nurtured in Singh’s tenure as CM. Gupta further claimed that only the BJP government in the state has been successful in restricting SIMI activities in MP.

Coming down hard at Gupta, Singh said, “As a CM I was the first to recommend a ban on SIMI, and the activities of the outfit has come to a virtual standstill in my 10 year tenure which started in 1993.”

Singh did not fail to mention that he had recommended a ban on Bajrang Dal and SIMI. “However, the Union Government imposed a ban on SIMI only,” he added.

In a word of advise to the BJP leader, Digvijay said, “Rather than giving shelter to fundamental forces, it would be better if Gupta took some concrete action against him.”

(JPN/Bureau)