Kochi: RSS on Saturday differed with Narendra Modi over Rahul Gandhi`s statement on ISI`s attempt to lure Muslim youths in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, saying it "is to an extent right" and UPA government needs to act firmly against such tendencies.
"Rahul Gandhi`s claim at a poll rally in Indore is right to an extent. The UPA government needs to take firm action against such tendencies," RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale told reporters.
He was replying to a question on what he thought of Gandhi`s claim at a poll rally where he had said ISI was in touch with Muslim youth of Uttar Pradesh`s Muzaffarnagar area.
RSS`s stand was at variance with that of BJP`s Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who had asked Congress either reveal the names of the youths or to apologise for the Muslim `terror slur` by Rahul Gandhi.
"Rahul Gandhi may have achieved that wisdom. But he must follow up the words with firm action against such terror elements," he said.
"Being an MP, Rahul may have got the information. Nothing wrong in Rahul getting the information. We also get information from various sources. Those in public life will have such connections. The information given by him should be pursued`, he said.
Modi had lashed out at Gandhi yesterday at a rally in Jhansi over his remarks, alleging that the Congress Vice President had defamed Muslims.
The RSS leader said though Rahul Gandhi feels ISI is responsible for recruiting people for terror activities, the Prime Minister still wants to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart, "though the entire nation is against it".
Asked if RSS`s priority was temple or toilets, he said the country needs both. "There is no question of priority. Both are basic needs".
The Gujarat Chief Minister had said priority should be constructing toilets rather than temples.
Hosabale said all parties should field in elections only candidates with clean image and who are not corrupt and not involved in criminal cases.
Parties must double check before fielding candidates, he said. "Any corruption should be opposed and checked, whoever is involved. If evidence is there, go with the law of the land."
On the Ram temple issue, he demanded the Centre enact a law for construction of the temple.
Referring to the Kasturirangan and Madhav Gadgil reports on Western Ghats, he said RSS was contemplating appointing some national executive members to go through the reports.
"There is need to take a comprehensive view. More discussions on the same would be held tomorrow.
He alleged "serious efforts" were on in Kerala and Tamil Nadu to ensure that Bangalore blast accused Abdul Nasser Madani gets bail.