Never blamed RSS as an institution for assassinating Gandhi, Rahul to SC
Today on Wednesday 24th august , congress vice-president conveniently backtracked from one of his most controversial statements which he made on the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) which was filed against him in 2014.
What he said then in 2014:
RSS worker Rajesh Kunte filed a defamation complaint before a Thane district court in 2014, alleging the Congress leader had said “the RSS had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi” during an election rally in Bhiwandi.
Gandhi was reported as saying, “RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him… They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji.”
What Rahul Gandhi says now in 2016:
Appearing on behalf of Rahul Gandhi, noted lawyer Kapil Sibal told the Supreme Court that his client never blamed RSS as an institution, but those associated with it who killed Mahatma Gandhi. "Rahul Gandhi had never accused RSS as an institution for the crime,'' Sibal reiterated.
The bench, while taking note of Gandhi's statement before the High Court, said that it can dispose off the matter after the Congress leader's unequivocal statement that he had not blamed the RSS as an organisation for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, but only the people linked with it,
However, the court deferred the hearing till September 1 as senior counsel Umesh Lalit, appearing for the RSS worker, wanted some time to take instructions from his client.
The purpose of Gandhi’s U-turn logically was to get the defamation case slapped against him by RSS activist Mahadev Kunte, quashed.
"Nathuram Godse (the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi) was a RSS supporter. It was the RSS ideology that inspired Godse to kill Mahatma Gandhi. The Congress shall never compromise in its fight against RSS ideology," Singh had said. Here, both Rahul and the Congress party are finding themselves in deeper mess. Rahul might have saved himself from the court trouble for now, but he has let his opponents to question his personal integrity with this major U-turn.