New Delhi:  The Congress on Sunday mocked at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for attempting to appropriate the legacy of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and accused the RSS-BJP of trying to distort history. Talking to reporters, spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “ The only reason that can be ascribed to the Prime Minister being in politics mode 24X7 and constantly making allegations is his desperation to try and appropriate the legacy of Netaji and the legacy of Independence Movement.”

His comments came hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed UPA government and alleged that it promoted only one family and ignored the contribution of Netaji and other icons of India. He was speaking during an occasion of 75th anniversary of the Azad Hind government formed by Netaji.

Rubbishing Modi’s allegations that the previous Congress governments did not follow the legacy of Netaji and Sardar Patel, Singhvi said both the leaders were completely against the philosophy of sectarianism and bigotry espoused by Modi’s ideological parent – the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha.

Seeking to substantiate his assertion that the RSS had “zero role” in the Freedom Movement, Singhvi read out excerpts from then RSS Chief M.S. Golwalkar’s letter to the RSS spokesperson Krishna Rao Wadekar, asking the Sangh to stay away from the “Quit India movement”.

“Today, the RSS and the BJP are praising Netaji for his military endeavours to liberate India, but their ideological ancestors had done totally the opposite. When Netaji was revamping the Azad Hind Fauj in Japan and Gandhiji had given the ‘Quit India’ call, the RSS was hand-in-glove with the British. The Hindu Mahasabha under Vinayak Savarkar’s leadership organised recruitment camps for the British armed forces,” said the Congress leader.

Addressing the gathering at Red Fort, PM Modi remembered Subhash Chandra Bose and said, “Netaji had promised an India where everyone has equal rights and equal opportunities. He had promised a prosperous nation which was proud of its traditions, development in all areas. He had promised to uproot ‘divide and rule’. Even after so many years, those dreams remain unfulfilled.”