RSS distances itself from Sudarshan’s Sonia remark

After the Congress party on Thursday demanded an apology from former RSS chief K S Sudarshan for his reported remarks against Sonia Gandhi, the Hindu organisation distanced itself from the remarks.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 17:18 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: After the Congress party on Thursday demanded an
apology from former RSS chief K S Sudarshan for his reported
remarks against Sonia Gandhi, the Hindu organisation distanced itself from the remarks.

In a statement issued to the media, RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya said it had nothing to do with Sudarshan’s comments. “The remarks are his own,” he told Zee News.

”It is not the language of Sangh. We debate on issues not on personal issues,” he said.

Congress has warned of criminal proceedings if Sudarshan does not express regret, even as BJP termed the charge as a diversionary tactic from multiple corruption charges.

"Sudarshan has said nasty things against Soniaji which is
not acceptable to us. He must apologise. We can’t tolerate it.
He must apologise to the nation or else criminal proceedings
will be initiated against him for his derogatory remarks,"
senior Congress leader Rajiv Shukla told reporters outside
Parliament.
Later a group of Congress workets staged protest bfore the RSS office in Delhi.

Parliament proceedings were today paralysed for the
second day with the opposition storming the Well in both Lok
Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanding ouster of Telecom Minister A
Raja, while Congress members denounced the RSS for K S
Sudarshan`s anti-Sonia Gandhi remarks.

Regarding the Treasury Bench members in the Rajya Sabha
rushing to the Well of the House at the start of the
proceedings over this issue, Shukla said, "Generally, Treasury
Bench members do not rush to the Well... but today we had to
do so".

Scoffing at the Congress for raking up Sudarshan`s
reported anti-Sonia statement in Parliament, BJP described it
as a diversionary tactic by the UPA to steer away from
"serious corruption charges".

"The Congress-led government, which is facing serious
corruption charges in the 2G, Adarsh housing and CWG episodes,
is trying to divert attention from these issues", BJP
spokesperson Prakash Javdekar said.

When pointedly asked about the Sudarshan`s reported
comments, which appeared in a Hindi daily today, he said "Who
knows? Neither you have heard it nor have I?"

Posed with the same question as he emerged from
Parliament House, senior Opposition leader Venkaiah Naidu
said, "I don`t know what he (Sudarshan) has said. Without
knowing, I cannot comment".

-PTI inputs