We are not against scrapping of Art 370: Manmohan Singh

In a damage control effort amid the scathing attack launched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), former prime minister Manmohan Singh has toned down the Congress line on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and Article 370.

Hours after his party colleagues questioned the BJP's demand for a Bharat Ratna to party ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Manmohan Singh at a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday tried to play down the statements and said that the Congress was not against Savarkar, but opposed the Hindutva ideology that he propagated.

He revealed that former prime minister Indira Gandhi had even issued a postal stamp commemorating Savarkar.Manmohan Singh also said the Congress was not opposed to the abrogation of Article 370, as it was a temporary provision, but had reservations with the way it was scrapped.