Ghulam Nabi Azad compares RSS to ISIS, BJP seeks apology from Congress

Azad addressing the 'National Integration Conference' organised by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind in Delhi sought to draw a parallel between ISIS and RSS over their alleged attempts to divide communities

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:March 12, 2016 7:13 pm
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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Saturday kicked a row after he sought to draw a parallel between RSS and terrorist outfit ISIS, evoking sharp responses from the Hindutva outfit and BJP, which demanded an apology from him.

“So, we oppose organisations like ISIS, the way we oppose RSS. If those among us in Islam too do wrong things, they are no way less than RSS,” the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said at a event organised by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.

Hitting back, a RSS spokesperson in Nagaur, where a crucial meeting of the organisation’s functionaries is on, J Nand Kumar said such a comparison showed “intellectual bankruptcy” of Congress.

“Azad comparing ISIS with RSS exhibits the intellectual bankruptcy of Congress and its unwillingness to deal with fundamentalist and cruel forces like ISIS,” the RSS leader told reporters.

He said Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the highest decision making body of RSS, will discuss legal action on the matter.

“We are altogether here… will discuss and consider legal action,” he said.

BJP too jumped to the defence of its ideological mentor, calling it a nationalist organisation and demanding an apology from Azad.

The party said it was “unfortunate” that Azad had made such comments and asked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to disassociate from his remarks and take action against him if he does not withdraw them.

“RSS is a nationalist organisation. It is very unfortunate that he has said so. It shows his mental bankruptcy. He must apologise or Gandhi should take action against him,” party National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

He said a number of Congress leaders, including Jawahar Lal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi, had tried to repress the organisation but it has only emerged “stronger”.

BJP also termed as “politically motivated” Gandhi’s written message to the same event that the country was passing through a “critical phase” as those in power are “spreading hatred” by targeting secularism.

“She is speaking against what her party has always practiced. Congress divided nation along caste, religion and regional lines. She should not be preaching BJP,” Sharma said, accusing the party of “supporting” anti-national elements for political reasons, a reference to the JNU row.

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  1. J
    Mar 12, 2016 at 6:32 pm
    What's your opinion about the pope, missionaries, and Vatican? They have blood on their hands, I hope you know.
    1. S
      Mar 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm
      GNAzad made speech in Hindi, and what he said was worse. He implied that ISIS is a lesser evil than RSS, and can at most match RSS in evil. If that's not playing to gallery as Afzal-Ji (Surjewala) and Osama-Ji (Diggy), what is ?
      1. S
        Mar 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm
        Indeed, majority has to disregard these insinuations and keep advancing as it aspires to join the community of developed nations ...
        1. S
          Srividya Jayaraman
          Mar 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm
          Now go whose stopping you. Indian potion will reduce
        2. M
          Mar 12, 2016 at 8:03 pm
          Where is the question of Congress opposing ISIS? Congress is ISIS in India, suppoerting terror elements such as Yakub Memon, Afsal Guru, and anti national and filthy elements like Kanhaya.
          1. M
            Mar 13, 2016 at 3:21 am
            Ras 1 rastra nirman sanstha hai aur isis 1 antakvadi sanghatan hai kon samjaye inko sirf vote dikhta hai. Kahi isis GULABNABI AZAD KI to den nahi na dosto
            1. P
              Mar 13, 2016 at 2:53 am
              These muslims are bred under hatred, even the poor animals are tortured before it pes in their system. What kind of heartless people are these rogues. Isis only reserved and earned forthese haters. We are proud that we have rss to tame these isis like you who have unfortunately in India. Rss are patriots, they will nip you and congress in the bud, screen their accounts how the money is funded to these terrorists let,isis and their links, auyars,salman,raoul,sonia, flying to stan to condemn Modi.
              1. A
                Mar 13, 2016 at 6:55 am
                after loosing the battle to warior modi all khan-gr leaders have lost their mental balance and are barking like mad dogs ........... they are even supporting anti national people who oppose hanging of AFZAL and YAKOOB........these shameless leaders are so frustrated that they can praise OSAMA and HAFIJ to get few votes.....this morally bankrupt PAPPU party is going to be reduced to ZERO in next election.......
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