New Delhi: Ahead of the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh scheduled next month, a video of state Congress president Kamal Nath in which he can be purportedly seen telling a group of Muslims to be cautious about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) campaign and that his party will deal it with after the November 28 polls. Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
In the video, Kamal Nath asks Muslims to be quiet till the completion of assembly elections, adding “RSS will be sorted out after the polls”. Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR
Sharing the video, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that it showed the opposition party’s “hatred” towards the RSS and Hindus. Also Read - More Nuanced, Compassionate Approach Required to Deal With Crisis: Rahul Gandhi on Lockdown
Party spokesperson Sambit Patra claimed that the video exposed the real face of the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi’s “fancy-dress Hinduism”.
“A video of top Congress leader Kamal Nath is circulating on the social media, in which he is talking to a group of Muslim clerics and telling them you do not worry, we will take care of the other community and the RSS,” he said.
It exposed the “real, divisive” face of the party and its “hatred” towards the Sangh and especially towards Hindus, Patra claimed.
It also showed the real face of the “fancy-dress Hinduism” practised by the Congress president, who claimed to be a “janeu-dhari” Hindu, the BJP leader said.
Clarifying over his video, Kamal Nath said that he only told the Muslim clerics to maintain communal harmony till the November 28 elections, warning them to stay wary of efforts from the BJP and the RSS to disrupt the same.
“I saw the viral video, what have I said in the video? I told them to maintain communal unity and harmony until the 28th because through the RSS, the BJP will try to confuse and provoke them. I said it in the video and I say it again, the BJP, which is unable to provide any answers, they will make these efforts,” he said.
He further clarified that in the video, he clearly warned the Muslims to “not get confused” and that after the elections, the Congress “will defend everyone”.
“I said we will defend every community, not just Muslims. I said don’t get confused, I say this to everyone. The BJP will do so (confuse and provoke) as part of their election tactics. This video is almost three months old. I was calling for everyone, be it BJP, RSS or anyone else, to maintain communal peace,” Kamal Nath said.
In reply to questions pertaining to him saying that the Congress will “deal with them” (RSS, BJP), Kamal Nath said they will most definitely do so with such entities that try to divide the nation and create communal tensions.
“After the elections, there will implications for those will be launched against those who try to reap political benefits from dividing communities,” the Congress leader said.
The Congress is in a direct fight with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, the results of which will be announced on December 11.