Congress, Samajwadi Party flay RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh slammed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, who had on Sunday said that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity.

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2014, 13:05 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday slammed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, who had on Sunday said that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity.

Telling RSS to stop “fooling innocent people by using religion in politics”, Singh said he is proud of “Sanatan Dharma and its tolerance towards others”.

In a series of tweets on microblogging website Twitter the Congress leader posted this morning, Singh described the RSS chief as "Hitler" and asked if the word Hindu or Hindutatva figures in any of religious scripture.

Referring to various controversial statements from union ministers and leaders of BJP and VHP, Congress leader Manish Tewari, meanwhile, alleged that there was a "concerted efforts" to polarise the country on religious lines.

"...It is very evident that with the active connivance of the Central government there is an attempt of religious polarisation...The cultural identity of India is not of a monolithic state. India is not Pakistan," he said.

Bhagwat has also come under attack from Samajwadi Party for his controversial remarks.

Hitting out at Bhagwat, Samajwadi Party accused the Sangh of practising politics of "hatred and separatism."

"They use such words and language to fan social tension," SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.

Stoking yet another controversy, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had on Sunday said India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity.

"Hindustan is a Hindu nation...Hindutva is the identity of our nation and it (Hinduism) can incorporate others (religions) in itself," he said.

Last week, Bhagwat had said in Cuttack, "The cultural identity of all Indians is Hindutva and the present inhabitants of the country are descendants of this great culture."

“If inhabitants of England are English, Germany are Germans and USA are Americans then why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus,” he had posed.

Bhagwat was in Mumbai on Sunday on the occasion of Krishna Janamashtami to attend the inauguration programme of the golden jubilee celebrations of the VHP, that was founded in Mumbai on August 29-30, 1964.