BJP hits out at Rahul for equating RSS with SIMI

Reacting strongly to Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi`s remark that RSS was no different from banned terror outfit SIMI, BJP on Wednesday said the young leader seems to have lost his mental balance.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 20:47 PM IST

New Delhi: Reacting strongly to Congress
General Secretary Rahul Gandhi`s remark that RSS was
no different from banned terror outfit SIMI, BJP on Wednesday said
the young leader seems to have lost his mental balance and
shown political immaturity by his comments.

"Only a sick mind can do it (compare RSS to SIMI). He
seems to have lost his mental balance. RSS is an institution
of nationalist thought while SIMI has been banned by their
(Congress) government as it was banned by us when we were in
power," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
Gandhi had earlier in the day said in Bhopal that RSS was
a "fanatical" organisation and was as fundamentalist as SIMI,
a banned student organisation involved in terror activities.

His comments against RSS, the Sangh founthead which
controls BJP, seems to have rattled the party.

Javadekar said, "Congress knows it is not winning in
Madhya Pradesh. I can understand its frustration. Congress has
been losing elections of late, be it the NSUI losing student
union elections in Delhi or the party losing by-elections in
several states. Rahul Gandhi`s magic is not working for the
Congress."

He insisted that RSS had served the nation during crises
in the past and its contribution to the country was immense.

"Rahul Gandhi has shown political immaturity and engaged
in unruly behaviour," Javadekar said.
BJP General Secretary Dharmendra Pradhan maintained that
Gandhi`s views on RSS were "unfortunate".

"I consider it unfortunate. It shows a lack of
understanding in Rahul Gandhi.... It shows his mental
bankruptcy," he said.

He claimed that the RSS had played a big role in the
cultural and political development of India. India`s first
Home Minister (Sardar Patel) had invited RSS to participate in
the first Republic Day parade, he said.

Slamming the Congress, Pradhan said, "They supported PDP
Chief Abdul Nasser Madani, The Popular Front, Muslim League
and MIM and had alliance with them."

PTI