Rahul equates RSS with Simi; RSS, BJP hit back

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 7 2010, 07:42am hrs
Rahul Gandhis remarks equating the RSS with banned outfit Simi on Wednesday provoked angry reactions from the BJP. The main Opposition party said the Congress general secretary seems to have lost his mental balance and claimed he has exhibited political immaturity and ignorance.

The RSS reactedalthough in a milder fashionasking Gandhi to first understand Indian politics and the country before making such meaningless statements. RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said such statements may serve cheap political objectives but also prove that he was a novice when it comes to understanding Indian society.

In a scathing attack, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said only a person who has lost his mental balance can equate the RSS with Simi. It seems he has lost his mental balance. The RSS is an institution of nationalist thought while Simi has been banned by their (Congress) government as it was banned by us when we were in power, he said.

Sources in the RSS said Gandhi had made somewhat similar remarks about the outfit on Tuesday also and the leadership had decided not to attach importance to his statements. They pointed out that the outfit was forced to respond today since he repeated the allegations at a press conference in Bhopal.

He is still new to Indian politics. He should learn Indian society and politics as it emerged in the six decades after Independence. Let him first understand who is who and what is what. Let him show no haste by issuing such meaningless statements. It may serve cheap political objectives but also proves that he is a novice when it comes to understanding Indian society, Madhav said.

Javadekar too alleged that Gandhis remarks were intended to reap political benefit. The Congress has faced a string of election defeats of late, be it the student union polls or by-elections. The Rahul magic is not working for the Congress. We can understand his frustration. But he has shown political immaturity, ignorance and unruly behaviour, Javadekar said.