RSS regrets Sudarshan`s Sonia remarks; Congressmen hold protests

RSS leader Tarun Vijay regretted KS Sudarshan`s derogatory remarks against Congress president.

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2010, 00:43 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Tarun Vijay, former editor of RSS mouthpiece Panchajanya, on Friday regretted K S Sudarshan`s derogatory remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Also, in a statement issued to the media, RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya said the organisation had nothing to do with Sudarshan’s comments. “The remarks are his own,” he told Zee News.

"As the joint general secretary of RSS, I express my heartfelt deep regrets over the alleged statement (of
Sudershan), which had hurt the sentiments, and the subsequent
developments that are unfortunate," Sangh leader Suresh
Bhaiyyaji Joshi said in a statement.

He appealed to all to maintain peace and restraint. BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the party`s
views on the issue were the same as that of the RSS.

Earlier in the day Hundreds of Congress supporters staged demonstrations in the national capital, Bhopal and Ajmer against KS Sudarshan.

However according to news reports a defamation case against former RSS chief K S Sudarshan was filed today in a Bhopal court.

The case was filed by local Congressman, Pradeep Sharma, in the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM). The publication of Sudarshan`s remarks against Gandhi had deeply hurt him, Sharma said.

The petitioner prayed to the court to examine the charges filed against the former RSS chief and sought appropriate punishment.

Congress activists stage demonstration outside RSS HQ

Congress activists on Friday staged a demonstration outside RSS headquarters in protest against former Sarsanghchalak K S Sudarshan`s derogatory remarks against party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Police used water canons to disperse the protesters who tried to enter the RSS building in Jhandewala, a senior police official said.

The Congress workers were protesting against Sudarshan`s derogatory remarks.

"The protesters attempted to enter the RSS headquarters," the official said.

Last night also, a group of people claiming to be Congress supporters staged a demonstration outside the RSS headquarters. RSS leaders later filed a complaint with the
police alleging that protesters pelted stones at their office.

Due to the protests, police had to divert traffic on the JNU marg.

With PTI inputs