Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who had courted controversy last year by marrying journalist Amrita Rai, significantly younger to him in age, has clarified that they did so only for love and had no ulterior motives in mind. He took to social platform Twitter on Wednesday and clarified that Rai will not stand to get any of Digvijaya's property and belongings.
मेरी पत्नि अमृता राय ने मेरी पारिवारिक और अर्जित सम्पत्ति में अपना सम्पूर्ण अधिकार मेरे पुत्र जयवर्धन के हक़ में त्याग दिया। जो कहा सो किया!
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) July 13, 2016
"My wife Amrita Rai has sacrificed her right to my property and wealth, and asked me to transfer all rights to my son Jaivardhan. I have done what she asked me to do,"he said in a tweet.
Back in 2015, when the duo claimed to be in a relationship, Rai, a journalist with Doordarshan, was blasted by several critics, who said she married him with one eye on his wealth and property. Given that Digvijaya was 67 at the time and Rai was 43, their affair became instant fodder for Internet laughter.
In fact, BJP leader Sushil Modi jumped into the troll bandwagon and 'congratulated' Digvijaya Singh for 'having an affair at 67'. Given that nothing is too sacred for social media to tear into, Singh and Rai's relationship gave new fodder for internet jokes and memes. The rumours prompted her to issue a clarification.
Rai, while announcing her decision to get married, wrote a lengthy post on Facebook, coming clear on all issues. "Last one and a half years have been particularly stressful and traumatic. I was the victim of a cyber crime, but was treated as a criminal. I was trolled and abused in most derogatory language for no fault of mine. Those who themselves have no concept or belief in love and dignity tried to shame me on social media. But all during this period, I kept a dignified silence and went on with my work, believing in myself and my love for Digvijaya,"she writes in the post.
In the same post, she has also said that her decision to marry a much older man had been panned by the public and motives had been randomly attributed to explain why she was in a relationship with Digvijaya. In what sounded like a clarification, Digvijaya added, "I have already requested him to transfer all his property and belongings to his son and daughters. I only want to embark on this new journey with him, working towards a dignified, professional career."