Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has taken a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s remarks that he stands “by every single word” he said about the RSS links with the murder of Mahatma Gandhi.
RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya asked whether the Congress leader was talking about his affidavit or the “lie” in his public speeches. The RSS also demanded an apology from him.
Stand by every word I said about RSS: R.Gandhi. Which words, in affidavit filed in court or the “lie” uttered in public speech?
— RSS (@RSSorg) August 26, 2016
In a post titled “Satyamev Jayate – The Truth Triumphs”, the RSS cited an apology tendered by ‘The Statesman’ in 2003 after a legal battle over an editorial in 2000. The newspaper had apologised for describing the RSS “as the organization that killed Gandhi.” The RSS also issued an official statement that carried the apology of The Statesman.
Rahul Gandhi and Congress Party should stop lying and apologise. pic.twitter.com/87TownYiMt
— RSS (@RSSorg) August 24, 2016
The RSS said, “Do Rahul Gandhi and the Congress have respect for truth to give such an apology in writing and guarantee that he or his party will never utter the ‘lie’ again in future.”
I will never stop fighting the hateful & divisive agenda of the RSS. I stand by every single word I saidhttps://t.co/bUWzTHrgHW
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— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 25, 2016
The comments come a day after Rahul Gandhi told the Supreme Court that he had never accused the RSS as an institution for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, but only those associated with it. Gandhi is accused of having blamed the RSS for the killing of the Mahatma, during his campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier, Congress leader Digvijay Singh dismissed suggestions that Gandhi has made a U-turn in the Supreme Court on the RSS and said the party vice president stands by his assertion that the person who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi was from the organisation.
Meanwhile, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was bringing down his own credibility with his critical remarks against the RSS and asked whether he would be able to accept the allegations that the grand old party was involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
RSS worker Rajesh Kunte who filed the criminal defamation case had offered to withdraw the case against Rahul if he absolved the RSS of the assassination.
A bench, comprising justices Dipak Misra and Rohinton F. Nariman, said Gandhi’s affidavit was enough to end the matter but the petitioner requested for more time to respond.
The top court did not quash the case against Rahul and will hear the case again on September 1.