I stand by every single word I said about RSS: Rahul

I stand by every single word I said about RSS: Rahul

'I will never stop fighting the hateful agenda of the Sangh'

I stand by every single word I said about RSS: Rahul

 A day after his counsel told the Supreme Court that Rahul Gandhi had never charged the RSS as an institution responsible for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, the Congress vice president on Thursday declared an all-out war against the Sangh.

“I will never stop fighting the hateful and divisive agenda of the RSS. I stand by every single word I said,” Rahul said on Twitter referring to his affidavit submitted in court where in he had stated that his speech “clearly suggested that the assassins were associated or affiliated with the RSS.”

Rahul’s fresh salvo came after RSS ideologue M G Vaidya demanded that the Congress vice president admit his mistake and tender an apology for holding the Sangh fountainhead responsible for Gandhi’s assassination.

Rahul also posted a short video of his March 2014 speech in Maharashtra’s textile town of Bhiwandi that clearly showed him saying, “RSS people killed Gandhi, and today their people talk about him.”

On Wednesday, when Rahul’s counsel Kapil Sibal drew the attention of the apex court that his client had never charged the “RSS as an institution” of assassinating Gandhi, it appeared that the Congress vice president was seeking closure of the defamation case filed by an RSS worker.

However, Rahul appeared to rule out any compromise by expressing his resolve to fight the “hateful and divisive” agenda of the RSS.

Vaidya, a former RSS spokesperson, accused Rahul of twisting his remarks to now state the RSS was not involved in Gandhi’s assassination.

“If he now says the RSS was not involved but the people who were involved in Gandhi’s murder were RSS affiliates, then he must come clean on his statement as in what sense they were associated with the RSS and what their positions and credentials in the organisation were,” Vaidya said.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said it was good that wisdom had prevailed upon Rahul who “finally admitted before the Supreme Court that RSS was not accused of assassinating Mahatma Gandhi”.

“It may be a U-turn, but it is a good turn,” Naidu said.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said there was no “U-turn” by Rahul and he stood by what he had said at the Bhiwandi rally while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress had rejected as “false propaganda”, the reports about Rahul changing his position on the RSS’s involvement in Gandhi’s assassination, to escape legal troubles.

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