Cong accuses RSS of anti-national activities



New Delhi: Congress on Saturday accused RSS of "anti-national" activities after the name of one of its senior functionary figured in the chargesheet against five accused in the 2007 Ajmer blast, saying such incidents undermine the country's moral position vis a vis the fight against terror.

"Today you have conclusive evidence in form of documented chargesheet which prima facie proves the involvement of RSS into alleged acts of terror....when you have such bigotry on display at least marginally if not substantially it does undermine India's moral position vis a vis fighting terror that the country has occupied for last 30 years.

"To that extent the involvement of RSS and its affiliates into such activities is definitely anti-national," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.

Asked about Rahul Gandhi equating the RSS and SIMI recently, Tewari said, "it's a choreographed dance because one kind of fundamentalism feeds on the other. Birds of the same feather flock together."

Tewari alleged that the RSS has been consistently working to undermine and upset the pluralistic ethos of India and disturb communal amity and added that "the latest chargesheet is just a manifestation of its direction right from the beginning".

His reaction came in response to questions regarding the name of senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar figuring in the chargesheet filed by the Rajasthan ATS into the case.

Kumar, the RSS leader, was present at a secret meeting held in a Gujarati guest house in Jaipur on October 31, 2005, in which six other functionaries of the outfit were also present, the 806-page chargesheet filed before a court in Ajmer yesterday said.

ATS sources said Indresh has not been made an accused in the case as further investigation is underway to ascertain whether he had any links with the blast.

The Congress spokesperson said that there was a pattern in the names of leaders for "fringe organisations of RSS like Abhinav Bharat" first figuring into terror acts and then the names of RSS leaders coming to fore in such acts.

"It is a manifestation of their bigoted world view. Right from their inception up till now, they have not done anything constructive rather than assaulting the pluralistic ethos of India. It's high time they introspected about their core ideology and the violence and sectarianism its spawns," Tewari said.

He also refused to attach any significance to the RSS denying Kumar's involvement as well as Kumar dubbing it a political conspiracy.

"Saying such statements will not help the organisation. The trial will unfold to what extent the involvement of RSS is refutal into it," Tewari said.

PTI