Jan Sangh, RSS were “collaborators” of the British: Congress

Congress said that BJP had faced more adversities in independent India as compared to what Congress did during the British rule.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 19, 2016 8:02 pm
modi, narendra modi, anand sharma RSS, Congress, BJP, Jan Sangh, Jan Sangh founder, Hindu Mahasabha, india news “They were collaborators of the British,” the party’s senior spokesman Anand Sharma said. (Source: Express file photo)

Irked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks over adversities faced by BJP, Congress on Friday hit back, accusing the ruling party’s erstwhile avatar the Jan Sangh and RSS of being “collaborators” of the British during the freedom struggle. Targeting the Prime Minister for “trivialising” the freedom struggle, the party said that Modi should not only take back his “shameful” statement that BJP had faced more adversities in independent India as compared to what Congress did during the British rule, but should also apologise.

“They were collaborators of the British,” the party’s senior spokesman Anand Sharma said, making a scathing attack on Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the Sangh Parivar and Veer Savarkar. He claimed that Mookerjee wrote to the then Bengal Governor on how to combat the Quit India movement.

“It does not behove the Prime Minister to lower the dignity of his office by making a statement which is factually incorrect and an insult to the freedom fighters, to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and thousands of others who made manifold sacrifices during India’s national struggle,” he said. Seeking to puncture the Prime Minister’s statement, he said that BJP has been in power at the Centre or has been part of the governments there or an outside supporter for 13 long years and that was the time that Nehru spent in jail during the British rule, Sharma said.

“The British Home Department file from 1942 has all the circulars from RSS. The Bombay Home Secretary said the Sangh has scrupulously kept within the law and refrained from taking any part in the disturbances of 1942,” he said. He said that RSS decided to not take part in the Quit India Movement and it decreed that no member of the Sangh should participate.

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This was there in a letter written by Mookerjee to the British Governor of Bengal, Sharma said. Noting that BJP and the Prime Minister have tried to appropriate Sardar Patel, he said that Patel’s views on RSS can be gauged through a official communique from the Government of India, which banned RSS and Hindu Mahasabha. “Post India’s independence, Modi ji needs to be reminded that his colleagues and his party are direct beneficiaries of India’s freedom, India’s Constitution, India’s democracy which allowed and empowered him, his colleagues, his party…”, Sharma said.

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    Bahu Virupaksha
    Aug 20, 2016 at 9:59 am
    What the Congress man is saying is utter rubbish. The RSS did not collaborate with the British on the contrary it was involved in instilling patriotism in the youth of the country. It was that man called Jawaharlal Nehru who sought to curry favor with the rulers by betraying Chandrasekar Azad to the Police. He is a traitor and a collaborator not the RSSgt;
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      Bakumbai
      Aug 20, 2016 at 12:18 pm
      It is too much for Congress to digest the amount of applause PM is getting all around.
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        H S
        Aug 20, 2016 at 7:13 am
        This should know that Jansangh was formed after independence. The venomous hate of the present day Congress towards BJP makes them blind to facts. Sardar Patel was reluctant to ban RSS but did so because of the leftist Nehru. Patel lifted the ban at the earliest possible opportunity. Amanda Sharma is a supercilious liar.
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          sa
          Aug 19, 2016 at 5:26 pm
          khangies are now agents of any self-confessed anti-Indian... you can make out from the comments of diggy, ghulam nabi azad, rafool ghandy..lt;br/gt;Khangress lost relevance once MK hi (the original, not the false ones of now) died and Patel died.
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            Prakash
            Aug 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm
            .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;--------------------------------------------------- lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS/BJP OPPOSED INDIA FOR 70 YEARS. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;CONGRESS SAVED US FROM RSS/BJP.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;---------------------------------------------------------lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS/BJP OPPOSED THE FOLLOWING:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;consution,lt;br/gt;Our National Flag,lt;br/gt;Equal rights for women,lt;br/gt;equal rights for dalits,lt;br/gt;computers and technology,lt;br/gt; pro development economic reforms,lt;br/gt;Englishlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;GST, lt;br/gt;FDI, lt;br/gt;Land bill, lt;br/gt;Nuclear Deal,lt;br/gt;MNREGA, lt;br/gt;Aadhar,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; and numerous policies that they are now trying to p themselves and take credit for.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If RSS BJP had its way india wOuld have been hindu version of stan lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;--------------------------------------------------- lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;How much do s pay RSS to destroy India? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;--------------------------------------------------- lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;.
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              Prakash
              Aug 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm
              .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS TRAITORS EXPOSED:lt;br/gt;--------------------------------------------------- lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS supported British during freedom struggle.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Can they name 10 RSS freedom fighters?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS icon Savarkar when jailed pledged his support for British and asked for pardon and became British agent.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Savarkar even recruited Indians to fight for British against Bose during WW2. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Another RSS icon shyama prasad mukherjee wrote letter to British to CRUSH indias quit india movement. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Vajpayee ratted out REAL FREEDOM FIGHTER to British during Quit India protests.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Bose HATED communal minded RSS type folks so much that he banned them from congress.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Bhagat Singh was a communist who HATED communal groups like RSS.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If RSS has to use Bhagat Singh and Bose now you can imagine how bankrupt they are.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;.
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                Ram
                Aug 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm
                The congress of Gokhale,Tilak,Pal and Netaji,Patel, hiji , Malaviya has nothing to do with current islamic Sonia congress. In fact Sonia congress is carrying the legacy of muslim league (they have even alliance with ML, AUDF, MIM type parties wherever they exist) not congress of freedom movement. After independence, Mahatma ji wanted to disband congress so that its legacy will not be exploited by power hunfgry crooks, but Nehru had different plans! What worried Mahatma hiji really happened. Today we have likes of Mani Iyer, Sibal, P Chidambaram, Sonia, Raul, Prinka, Robber Badra, Kalmadi etc. claiming that legacy! Can it become any more ridiculous? In fact BJP is the legitimate party to bear the torch of Tilak-Maliviya-Patel-Netaji congress. Curfrent congress is a grouping of self seeking power hungry corrupt, casteist and communal jokers ready to sacrifice national interest for selfish ends. They have nothing to do with Indian National congress. Just ocupying the properties of that organization donated by countless Indians then for freedom movement wont make them part of that legacy. It is time to legislate laws to take back all congress party property to tax payers/Indians and ban any self cserving group to use its name/flag and symbols to grab power/perks.
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                  Victor
                  Aug 20, 2016 at 6:29 am
                  RSS, the great organization and the future of Indian culture and transformation. Bharat Mata ki Jai !!
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