Defamation row: Rahul Gandhi will have to apologise some day to RSS, says BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is suffering from amnesia but will have to apologise some day for his remarks blaming the RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is suffering from amnesia but will have to apologise some day for his remarks blaming the RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
"Rahul Gandhi feels that a nationalist organisation is responsible for the present condition of the Congress and this is the reason why he is attacking the RSS. The country knows what the RSS is doing for the country," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters here.
"He (Rahul) has taken U-turn twice over the issue. Some day he will definitely apologise," he added.
Hussain said that Rahul Gandhi is completely confused as he says something on one day and then suddenly changes his stand another day.
"The RSS does not need certificate from Congress and Rahul Gandhi. It had been the habit of the Congress to attack those who loves the country. Many powerful Congress leaders in the past levelled such allegations against the RSS but people of the country always rejected it. Rahul Gandhi's stand on the RSS is political and it will discredit not only the Congress but also Rahul himself," Hussain said.
Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that Rahul Gandhi is suffering from amnesia and there is nothing very surprising in Rahul's statements.
"Let the court decide what it thinks about it," he said.
BJP National Secretary Srikant Sharma alleged that Rahul Gandhi is attacking the RSS for vote-bank politics as there are elections in Uttar Pradesh.
"It would have been better if Rahul Gandhi had spoken on law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. He is busy with vote-bank politics to appease the Muslims," Sharma said.
The BJP leader also reminded Congress vice-president of the RSS being invited to join the Republic Day parade by first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
"Does the Congress party under Rahul Gandhi disagree with what Nehru did or would they apologise for his act," he said.
He also said that it's a well-known fact that the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 were sponsored by the Congress and it was Rajiv Gandhi who then said that if a big tree falls then the earth shakes.
"Then will the entire Congress party be held responsible and should have been jailed," he said.
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi told the Supreme Court that he stood by his remarks on the RSS and said he was ready to face a trial for alleged defamation of the ideological parent of the ruling BJP.