New Delhi [India]: A day after Rahul Gandhi’s counsel told the Supreme Court that he had never blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for killing Mahatma Gandhi, the Congress vice president on Thursday put an end to the doubts on his ‘u-turn’ regarding the matter and said that he will never stop fighting the hateful and divisive agenda of the RSS.
“I will never stop fighting the hateful & divisive agenda of the RSS. I stand by every single word I said,” Rahul said in a tweet.
Earlier, RSS ideologue MG Vaidya had said that Rahul must come clean on in what sense were those who killed Mahatma Gandhi associated with the Hindu nationalist organisation, and what was their position and credentials.
“If he now says the RSS was not involved, but the people who were involved in Gandhi’s murder were RSS-affiliate, then he must come clean on his statement that in what sense they were associated with the RSS and what was their position and credential in the organisation,” the RSS patriarch said, seeking an explanation from the Congress vice president as to how the assassin was affiliated to the organisation.
“He is twisting it now. He must show his generosity by offering apology for his statement and should accept before the court that what he had said was wrong,” the former RSS spokesperson and ideologue told ANI.
Following Rahul’s submission, a Bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and RF Nariman said if the complainant agrees to the submission, it will take the statement on record and dispose of the petition.
Senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal, appearing for Rahul Gandhi, cited the affidavit filed before the High Court saying he had only accused certain people of RSS and not the organisation as the killer of Mahatma Gandhi.
“I never made the statement that RSS killed Mahatma Gandhi but persons associated with the RSS killed him,” the senior advocate had told the Court.
In his complaint, RSS Bhiwandi secretary Rajesh Mahadev Kunte alleged that Rahul told in an election rally in Sonale on March 6 last year that “the RSS people killed Gandhiji”.
He alleged that the Congress leader had sought to tarnish the reputation of RSS through his speech.
The case is pending before a magisterial court in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra’s Thane district. (ANI)