Congress flays RSS for remarks on Rahul Gandhi

The Congress on Wednesday stepped up attack on RSS for its remarks against Rahul Gandhi saying the right-wing outfit is a "master in spreading rumours" and that its statements should not be given any significance.

Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 21:09 PM IST

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday stepped up
attack on RSS for its remarks against Rahul Gandhi saying the
right-wing outfit is a "master in spreading rumours" and that
its statements should not be given any significance.

"What Rahul Gandhi has said is correct. RSS has no
answer to what Gandhi has said. Congress does not have to
learn history and culture with RSS. They are known masters in
spreading rumour," AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh told
reporters here.
He was reacting to RSS hitting out at Gandhi saying
the congress leader needs to learn more about the country
before making "meaningless" statements.

"He should brush up his knowledge before making
meaningless statements. He should know the difference between
RSS and banned outfits and know the history of Congress party,
which has been accused of fundamentalism in the last six
decades," RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said.

The RSS was reacting to an earlier statement by Gandhi
in Bhopal where he described the right-wing outfit as
"fanatical", saying it was no different from banned terror
outfit SIMI and that both hold "fundamentalist" views.

Seeking to turn the tables on RSS, Singh said, "Ram
Madhav should read history. BJP called Jinnah secular while
Congress always fought against his Muslim League. RSS
supported the British during freedom struggle while we fought
against them."

Congress has been fighting fanatic ideology
irrespective of whether it concerned Hindus or Muslims since
the beginning.

The Congress leader said RSS has a large number of
organisations including Bajrant Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and
Abhinav Bharat "who are involved in various kinds of
activities".
He claimed that a number of persons belonging to these
organisations have been found to be involved in terror
incidents and dared the RSS to deny their association with it.

"It is time the RSS introspected what people
associated with it are doing."

He said the RSS or Ram Madhav`s statements should not
be given any significance as "they keep on making false
statements".

Singh also reacted strongly to the remarks of BJP
spokesperson Prakash Javedkar that Rahul Gandhi seems to have
lost his mental balance.

"Should he (Javedkar) first get his mental check up
done," the AICC leader said.

Another AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi, who
is also the chief of party`s media department said, "what
Rahulji had said was a political comment. We believe any
comment by any organisation or individual politically opposed
to one should be replied in a civilised manner. We don`t
believe in making such personal comments."

PTI