Rajnath Singh defends RSS, slams Rahul Gandhi

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday slammed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his attack on RSS and said that opposition parties were not aware of India's culture and character.

Rajkot: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday slammed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his attack on RSS and said that opposition parties were not aware of India's culture and character.

Replying to Gandhi's accusation that RSS was running the education system in the country, Singh said that RSS's ideology considers the whole world as a single family.

"Rahul Gandhi says that RSS runs the education system. I want to tell him that RSS does not run anything, it runs on its own. RSS has embraced a culture which says that the whole world is our family. Our political opponents do not have any idea of this culture and character of India," said Singh addressing a rally here.

"Previous governments used to run by instilling fear among Muslims while we want to move ahead by taking everyone along. We will not discriminate against anyone," he said.

"There are 72 different factions in Islam. Even in Islamic countries, all these factions are not living together. But you can find people of all of these factions in India. This is India's culture," the Home Minister said.

"These people (Congress) are instilling fear among minorities by taking the name of RSS. This has to be stopped. To get votes, you have to build trust, not to create fear."

Singh also took a dig at Rahul for his comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's frequent foreign tours.

"Congress' `yuvraj' claims that our PM lives more in foreign countries than in India. I want to tell him that past PMs visited foreign countries as a political formality, while this PM goes to strengthen the nation," he said.

"Earlier, there was nothing to show on TV when PM went outside India. Now TV channels all over the world broadcast the visit. Presidents and PMs of other countries break all the protocols to welcome our PM at the airports.

"Congress' `yuvraj' went on two months' sabbatical abroad without informing anyone. As the Home Minister, I was also worried about his whereabouts. And he is now levelling mindless allegations against our PM," he said. 

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