Cong accuses RSS of anti-national activities

Last Updated: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 20:47

New Delhi: Congress on Saturday accused RSS of
"anti-national" activities after the name of one of its senior
functionary figured in the chargesheet against five accused in
the 2007 Ajmer blast, saying such incidents undermine the
country`s moral position vis a vis the fight against terror.

"Today you have conclusive evidence in form of
documented chargesheet which prima facie proves the
involvement of RSS into alleged acts of terror....when you
have such bigotry on display at least marginally if not
substantially it does undermine India`s moral position vis a
vis fighting terror that the country has occupied for last 30
years.

"To that extent the involvement of RSS and its
affiliates into such activities is definitely
anti-national," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told
reporters here.

Asked about Rahul Gandhi equating the RSS and SIMI
recently, Tewari said, "it`s a choreographed dance because one
kind of fundamentalism feeds on the other. Birds of the same
feather flock together."

Tewari alleged that the RSS has been consistently
working to undermine and upset the pluralistic ethos of India
and disturb communal amity and added that "the latest
chargesheet is just a manifestation of its direction right
from the beginning".

His reaction came in response to questions regarding
the name of senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar figuring in the
chargesheet filed by the Rajasthan ATS into the case.

Kumar, the RSS leader, was present at a secret meeting
held in a Gujarati guest house in Jaipur on October 31, 2005,
in which six other functionaries of the outfit were also
present, the 806-page chargesheet filed before a court in
Ajmer yesterday said.

ATS sources said Indresh has not been made an accused
in the case as further investigation is underway to ascertain
whether he had any links with the blast.

The Congress spokesperson said that there was a
pattern in the names of leaders for "fringe organisations of
RSS like Abhinav Bharat" first figuring into terror acts and
then the names of RSS leaders coming to fore in such acts.

"It is a manifestation of their bigoted world view.
Right from their inception up till now, they have not done
anything constructive rather than assaulting the pluralistic
ethos of India. It`s high time they introspected about their
core ideology and the violence and sectarianism its spawns,"
Tewari said.

He also refused to attach any significance to the RSS
denying Kumar`s involvement as well as Kumar dubbing it a
political conspiracy.

"Saying such statements will not help the
organisation. The trial will unfold to what extent the
involvement of RSS is refutal into it," Tewari said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 20:47

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