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Rahul Gandhi vs RSS: trying to hit where it hurts the most

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New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi seems to be preparing to go on an unprecedented offense against RSS, the ruling BJP’s mother organization. The Congress Party vice president who is preparing to launch a much publicized padyatra in Uttar Pradesh is trying to hit where it hurts the most.

The Congress leader is working on a two-pronged strategy, grabbing back the upper caste voters from the BJP fold and simultaneously keeping the 20 percent Muslim population of UP in good humor by dueling with the BJP on the RSS issue.

At a time when speaking against the saffron outfit has become very difficult, Rahul Gandhi is showing some spine.

Amethi : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting at Jagdishpur in Amethi on Thursday. PTI Photo  (PTI9_1_2016_000243A)

In the meantime Rahul Gandhi has told the Supreme Court that he stood by every word he had said about RSS and was ready to face trial. This has also emboldened the Congress to take the battle to the Sangh’s court saying, “a true Hindu could never have killed Mahatma Gandhi”.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, while commenting on Rahul Gandhi’s stated stand said, “A true Hindu could have never killed Mahatma Gandhi. RSS should say whether Nathuram Godse was true Hindu or not”. Sibal, who represented the Congress Vice-President in the case in the Supreme Court, said, “We will fight till the end as the battle is not legal, but a political one. I think that it will decide who is a true Hindu.” Gandhi told the apex court that he stood by every word he had said at a poll rally in 2014 about people associated with RSS being behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi.

Rahul was categorical in his stand. “I stand by each and every word. I will never take my words back. I stood by it yesterday, I stand by it today and I will stand by it in future as well. I am ready to go to the trial…What Gopal Godse, brother of Nathuram Godse, has said about RSS”, said the Congress leader.

Congress leader went on to add that the then Home Minister Sardar Patel had declared RSS unlawful after the assassination of the Mahatma. He said this was done to root out the forces of hate and violence that were at work in the country. Surjewala also recalled that Gopal Godse, who was a co-accused along with Nathuram Godse in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi, has written a book “Gandhi Vadh aur Main” and he has clearly stated that RSS was “second home” to all the three brothers.

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