New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday said that the
activities of the RSS needed to be "closely watched and
monitored" in the wake of revelations by Rajasthan ATS in the
Ajmer blast probe but said it was for the Government to decide
on the issue of a ban on the organisation.
"The RSS activities needed to be closely watched and
monitored, but it is in the purview of the government as to
what sort of action needed to be taken or not taken", party
spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.
He was replying to a question whether the revelations by
the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad following a probe into the
Ajmer blast was a `fit case` to ban the RSS.
The AICC reaction came in the wake of a statement from
Rajasthan Home Minister that the State`s ATS might be getting
ready to interrogate senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar for his
alleged role in the Ajmer blast case.
On Rahul Gandhi`s remarks that RSS was no different from
SIMI, Tewari said that the young leader had made the statement
in a certain context. "One kind of fundamentalism works as a
canon fodder to another kind of fundamentalism," he said.
Dismissing RSS charge that the probe had become
"political and vindictive" and was showing signs that it was a
"sinister design to defame the RSS," Tewari said that there
was need for the Sangh to do serious introspection instead of
washing its hands of the affair.
"Why is that whenever a reference to the RSS comes, it
is always in a negative way and never in a positive manner?
The RSS needs to ponder over as to why its thought was giving
rise to fundamentalism", he said.
Alleging that the accused in the Ajmer blasts were
closely associated with the RSS, he said Sangh`s charge that
it was a politically motivated affair was a "very weak
defence" and shows that it has become "panicky" in view of the
Replying to a question, he said that the concerned
court would decide as to who is involved in the blast. He said
that trial has already begun in the Malegaon blast.
Tewari also recalled how Sardar Patel, whose legacy the
RSS and the BJP is seeking to appropriate, had spoken about
He said that the developments in incidents like the
Ajmer blasts undermined India`s principled position on
terrorism at a time when New Delhi has taken a pledge to
remove this scourge from the world.