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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    John
    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.
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      Sirius
      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 ?
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        Sirius
        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 ...
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          Srividya Jayaraman
          Mar 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm
          Now go whose stopping you. Indian potion will reduce
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            Mani
            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.
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              Manjeri
              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
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                Pat
                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.
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                  AAMADMI
                  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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                    Vivek
                    Mar 12, 2016 at 8:13 pm
                    The enemies withi are fake "secular" gang such as Congress, Communists, JDU, SP, RJD, DMK, etc., and the anti national media pressutes that support them. ISIS may find its job being carried out by these elements, who are destroying the country through corruption and support to terrorism.
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                      Abhinav
                      Mar 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm
                      Excellent comparison. No difference between chaddi terrorists and Mulla terrorists. This is ture secularism. Good job Azad, hope rest of your party makes same comparison.
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                        Truth Indian
                        Mar 12, 2016 at 8:49 pm
                        RSS is terrorist using Ram name and ISIS terrorist using Rahim name. No any difference between RSS and ISIS.
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                          Truth Indian
                          Mar 12, 2016 at 8:50 pm
                          RSS is terrorist using Ram name and ISIS terrorist using Rahim name. No any difference between RSS and ISIS.
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                            ak dev
                            Mar 12, 2016 at 3:08 pm
                            Congree GADDARs are now openly challenging patriots. Wish they are soon completely wiped out from India's political scene.
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                              ak dev
                              Mar 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm
                              It's not first time, RSS has abused continuously for getting Muslims votes. Those who hate RSS will continue hating it. Those who love RSS will also continue loving it. RSS will continue expending its base. Congress being out power has lost nerve and has gone insane. It's leaders feel that accusing RSS day and night will induce Muslim voters back to Congress. The tested formula to get Muslims vote is to accuse and abuse RSS day and night. All political parties who want Muslims votes practice this least costliest strategy.
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                                arun
                                Mar 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm
                                RSS does not have educated people who will be a good slave and puppet like Modi.
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                                  arun
                                  Mar 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm
                                  RSS should be banned for the 5th time for peace from unity leading to development. RSS was banned previously during the British rule,[17] and then thrice by the post-independence Indian government — first in 1948 when Nathuram Godse, a former RSS member,[23] inated Mahatma hi;[17][24][25] then during 1975–77; and after the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. Modi himself is a RSS man. What will he do ??????
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                                    arun
                                    Mar 13, 2016 at 6:28 am
                                    Keshav Baliram Hedgewar (1 April 1889 – 21 June 1940) founded the RSS in Nagpur in 1925. He was born on 1 April 1889 in Nagpur. His parents were Baliram pant Hedgewar and Revati. His father was an orthodox BRAHMIN priest. The RSS was founded as a social organisation to provide character training through Hindu discipline and to unite the Hindu community.[16][17] It proclaims its ideal as upholding Indian culture and civilizational values more than anything else.[18] It was set up as an alternative to the politics of m anti-colonial struggle.[1 It was banned during the British rule,[17] and then thrice by the post-independence Indian government — first in 1948 when Nathuram Godse, a former RSS member,[23] inated Mahatma hi;[17][24][25] then during 1975–77; and after the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992.
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                                      Casteless
                                      Mar 12, 2016 at 2:35 pm
                                      Come on he is only keeping his folks happy, he does not mean it. No need to get too upset
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                                        mark
                                        Mar 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm
                                        RSS admired Mussolini. RSS were in the bed with British. And RSS killed hi, the mahatma who got India the freedom. What more do you need to know where does the allegiance of RSS lie.
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                                          mark
                                          Mar 12, 2016 at 5:36 pm
                                          Thank you Aazadji for calling spade a spade.
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                                            bikram patel
                                            Mar 14, 2016 at 8:45 am
                                            finally Nabi proved his gulami to that italian lady who seems to be real sympathiser of isis.He also proved that he is anti hindu and a musalmaan first.
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