New Delhi: Senior Congress leaders in the core group meeting today advised Rahul Gandhi to not accept the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) program invitation, sources have revealed. Comparing RSS with poison for “the nation, the society and the Dalits”, senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge warned Rahul Gandhi and told him that everyone knows the consequences of tasting it. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Cancels West Bengal Poll Rallies Due To COVID Surge, Urges Other Leaders For Same
Kharge also said that the organisation wants to promote and impose its ideology all over the country and Rahul Gandhi shouldn’t be part of its plan. “Congress’ fight is not against PM Modi, but against the RSS ideology, which he (PM Modi) is promoting,” Kharge said. The sources revealed that some senior party leaders have also advised Rahul Gandhi against accepting the invitation to the three-day lecture. Also Read - Stage 1 Impose Tughlaqi Lockdown...: Rahul Gandhi Slams Govt's COVID-19 Strategy
Sources in the organisation on Wednesday said that the RSS may invite Rahul Gandhi to attend a three-day lecture series by Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat here next month. He said that the idea is to invite people from different ideologies for the event and the list is being prepared and may also include CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.
Later in the day, the Sangh slammed Rahul for likening the RSS to Muslim Brotherhood and said that the Congress chief cannot understand the saffron outfit as he does not know India. “The entire world is facing the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. He is unaware and doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation that’s why he is making such statements,” publicity in-charge Arun Kumar said.
Congress on RSS invite
The Congress party on Monday said that it has not received any invite for its president Rahul Gandhi to attend an RSS event in Delhi and would respond to questions only after an invitation is received. “I do not answer hypothetical, speculative questions… This is purely imaginary at the moment,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.
“I have said to you categorically upon checking that we have received no invitation as I speak,” Singhvi reiterated, adding, “As and when we receive an invitation, the Congress party receives an invitation, there will be an appropriate (and) proper response and you all will be shared with that response.”
Rahul Gandhi on RSS
The Congress President had on August 24 compared the RSS with the Muslim Brotherhood alleged that the outfit is trying to “change” the nature of India and “capture” its institutions. “The RSS is trying to change the nature of India. Other parties haven’t tried to capture India’s institutions. The RSS’ idea is similar to the idea of Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world,” he had said.