Attack from within Congress mounted on Arjun Singh on Warren Anderson's escape issue, with senior party leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi on Saturday saying the then Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister had earlier admitted that the decision was taken at state level and asked him to speak out.
"Arjun Singh should break his silence and come forward to tell whether he stands by the three statements he had made after Anderson left the country, which clearly bring out the fact that the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had no role into it," he told PTI.
Chaturvedi, who is a Congress Working Committee member and hails from Madhya Pradesh, said, "On December 8, 1984, Arjun Singh had said that Anderson was allowed to leave the country because the police felt his presence was not required.
"On December 9, Singh said that there was no pressure on him from anybody (to allow Anderson to fly out of the country), while on December 14, he said he briefed the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on the circumstances that led to Anderson's arrest and then leaving the country."
These three statements, Chaturvedi said, "clearly show that Rajiv Gandhi had no role in this decision, which was taken at the level of local administration and state government."He said Arjun Singh should "endorse" these three statements he made earlier, otherwise if he "has any new facts, he should say".
He said it was important for Arjun Singh to speak out so that the "names of others are not unnecessarily dragged into the issue." Singh, who was Madhya Pradesh chief minister in 1984 when the Bhopal Gas tragedy occurred, has maintained a stoic silence.
Earlier yesterday, two other Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and R K Dhawan said Arjun Singh should answer how Anderson left the country. PTI