Digvijay Singh is born with the proverbial foot in his mouth. He has a penchant for creating random baseless scandals that end up embarrassing his party and even himself, more often than not. Digvijay Singh possibly holds a record for issuing maximum number of statements that Congress has distanced itself from. He has been accusing RSS for everything wrong on the planet since time immemorial. Devendra Fadnavis Digvijay Singh faceoff is the latest addition to Digvijay Singh’s long list of baseless rants, Devendra Fadnavis is known for his strong rejoinders to baseless allegations. Not very long ago, Fadnavis tore into to Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s long open letter wherein he accused him of the Meat Ban controversy and Rakesh Maria’s ‘hurried’ transfer.
Devendra Fadnavis Digvijay Singh Faceoff: What led to it?
An order issued on 10th of February by Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) headed by Fadnavis, directed Real Estate developers to furnish details of their bank accounts with the Axis Bank’s Worli branch in Mumbai for payment of rent to entitled slum dwellers on or before 15 February, 2016.
Congress immediately termed the directive “wrong”. The condition to open accounts only with a particular bank as per them was unlawful. Amruta Fadnavis, Devendra Fadnavis’s wife works with the Axis Bank. Fadnavis clarified that no rules have been violated and the decision had no connection with his wife being an officer at the bank. Fadnavis went on to say that his wife handles back office and has no targets to achieve. He also mentioned that a similar order by Congress issued in the past had the name of Axis Bank along with ICICI and HDFC banks.
Devendra Fadnavis Digvijay Singh Faceoff: Digvijay’s move
Digvijay Singh took to Twitter on Saturday and posted two back to back tweets about the controversy:
“SRA in Mumbai headed by CM of Maharashtra has officially asked all SRA developers to open accounts only in Worli branch of Axis Bank.”
“Do you know why? Mrs Fadnavis is the Vice-President of Axis Bank! A windfall for the Axis Bank a private Bank. Height of Nepotism,” he had said.
Devendra Fadnavis Digvijay Singh Faceoff: Fadnavis’s response:
Devendra Fadnavis’s lawyer issued a legal notice that asked Digivijay Singh to apologize for the baseless allegations on his official twitter handle, failing to which a defamation suit will follow. Here is what the notice said:
“I am instructed to call upon you to make amends and to retract the allegations made by you against my client while simultaneously tendering an unconditional apology to him (CM) within two weeks on your same Twitter handle @digvijaya_28 after the receipt of this notice first at any of the three addresses mentioned above, failing which my client Devendra Fadnavis shall have no option but to initiate appropriate civil and/or criminal proceedings against you at your own risk as to the costs and consequences thereof of which please take a serious note. May wisdom prevail!
I hereby give you notice that if you fail to comply with the aforesaid requisitions within the stipulated period of one week, then I will be initiating legal proceedings either to prosecute you in a criminal court for defamation and/ or to sue you in civil court for the damages apart from seeking some incidental relief”
Devendra Fadnavis Digvijay Singh Faceoff: What lies ahead?
Digivijay Singh loves adding personal touches to political wars. The way he attacked Modi’s marital status and crawled under a rock when his affair with a RSTV Journalist was questioned is known to everyone. But this time he has messed with the Wrong Guy. Devendra Fadnavis believes in working quietly but he doesn’t like being targeted unnecessarily. And he seems to be ready to take Digvijay head on. Saying sorry and closing the chapter should be an easy way out for Diggi Raja.