1. Rahul Gandhi remarks: Cong takes the battle to RSS’ court

Rahul Gandhi remarks: Cong takes the battle to RSS’ court

"A true Hindu could have never killed Mahatma Gandhi. RSS should say whether Nathuram Godse was true Hindu or not," Congress spokesman Kapil Sibal told reporters here.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 1, 2016 10:37 PM
 (Reuters) “A true Hindu could have never killed Mahatma Gandhi. RSS should say whether Nathuram Godse was true Hindu or not,” Congress spokesman Kapil Sibal told reporters here. (Reuters)

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

“A true Hindu could have never killed Mahatma Gandhi. RSS should say whether Nathuram Godse was true Hindu or not,” Congress spokesman Kapil Sibal told reporters here.

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.

“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,” Sibal, appearing for Rahul, submitted, and reiterated, “What Gopal Godse, brother of Nathuram Godse, has said about RSS.”

Talking to reporters separately, party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala targeted RSS over the issue.
He said 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.

Gopal had said that Nathuram was a Bodhik Pramukh of Sangli Shakha of RSS in Maharashtra.
“The same thought process, unfortunately, continues nearly 67 years after Independence and there are many people, now in BJP, who epitomise the same thought process. I will like to quote one example of Central Committee member of BJP and BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj, who on 11th December, 2015 had described Nathuram Godse as a martyr,” he said.

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