New Delhi : The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh on Friday lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for his comments on the RSS, saying it could only pity him for what he had said.
RSS Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya told the FPJ that Rahul Gandhi could ‘at least take a cue from some of his own party leaders who had now scaled down their attacks on the RSS after realizing from experience that slamming the Sangh only led to strengthening the organization. Vaidya termed Rahul’s remarks as the utterances of a frustrated mind.
Rahul Gandhi had rebuked the RSS on Thursday as an organization which suppressed internal dialogue with ‘lathis’ in the name of discipline. He had equated the RSS cadres with Hitler’s men and accused Narendra Modi of trying to run the country like an RSS shakha. Rahul’s attack was not just aimed at the style of functioning of the PM. He had also accused Modi of manning all reputed institutions of the country with RSS supporters ignoring the experts in the field.
‘‘This is a decade old ploy. Every time the Congress finds itself going downhill, it starts raising the bogey of the RSS. This is such an old trick. The people of this country have seen through it. They understand everything and they will only pity him for his (lack of) understanding,’’ Vaidya commented.
However, most senior leaders of the Congress, except one or two, have learnt it the hard way that the more they condemn the RSS, the more it grows in strength. ‘‘We wish Rahul Gandhi would take some advice from them,’’ the RSS leader remarked in an amused tone.
Not stopping at that, Vaidya said that the Gandhi scion’s ‘frustration’ was not surprising as the admiration and attraction for the RSS line of thinking was increasing by the day. ‘‘There is tremendous admiration for our organization and especially among the youth,’’ he claimed.
With the BJP’s public climb down on the promise of a countrywide ban on beef, the RSS has been quick to remind the party that there can be no compromise on a complete ban on cow slaughter.
On being pointed out that the BJP was facing opposition from within, Manmohan Vaidya said that this was ‘‘for the party leadership to see.’’ ‘‘We are committed to a complete ban on cow slaughter everywhere and this conviction is based on the need to strengthen the rural economy,’’ Vaidya argued. After a beef ban was imposed in BJP-ruled Maharashtra and Haryana, BJP chief Amit Shah declared on Thursday that there was no proposal for a country wide ban. BJP governments would take a decision keeping in mind the local sentiments, Shah had said.
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