RSS, BJP regret derogatory remarks against Sonia

Under attack from the Congress, the RSS and the BJP today expressed regret over the derogatory remarks against Sonia Gandhi by its former chief K S Sudarshan and described them as "unfortunate".

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 21:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Under attack from the Congress,
the RSS and the BJP today expressed regret over the derogatory remarks against Sonia Gandhi by its former chief K S Sudarshan
and described them as "unfortunate".

The RSS, which had yesterday distanced itself from the
controversial comments of Sudarshan, Friday went a step further
by issuing a statement expressing regret.

"As the Joint General Secretary of RSS, I express my
heartfelt deep regrets over the alleged comments (of
Sudarshan), which had hurt the sentiments, and the subsequent
developments that are unfortunate," Sangh leader Suresh
Bhaiyyaji Joshi said.

The BJP associated with the RSS stand. "RSS has clarified
its stand. BJP`s views are the same as that expressed by RSS
on this issue," party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

Asked if RSS has become a major embarrassment, Javadekar
replied in the negative. "We are not saying RSS is becoming a
major embarrassment."

The clarification by the saffron parties came after
Congress stepped up its campaign against Sudarshan`s remarks
holding demonstrations across the country and burning the RSS
leader`s effigy.
Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said earlier that the
RSS should apologise and condemn the statements of Sudarshan.
He said the former RSS Chief had used "uncivilised and
undignified language" against the Congress President at a
function organised by the RSS.

Expressing surprise at the silence of the BJP on the
issue, Ahmed justified the protest of Congress workers saying
they are naturally agitated.
Surdarshan`s comments have resulted in murmurs in BJP with
party leaders saying that his statement has come at the worst
possible time for the party which was cornering the government
on the issue of corruption including the 2-G Spectrum
allocation scam.

PTI