BJP hits back at Rahul Gandhi: ‘PM, many ministers swayamsevaks’

"I would like to tell Rahul Gandhi humbly that I too am a ‘swayamsevak’ (RSS volunteer) and many ministers, including the Prime Minister, in this government are ‘swayamsevaks’,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad.

| New Delhi | Updated: August 2, 2015 7:50 am
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A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi accused the RSS of promoting mediocrity, BJP hit back on Saturday, saying its leaders are proud to be associated with the Hindu organisation instead of looking to a family for a certificate of their intelligence.

“The RSS is a nationalist organisation which has produced scholars, intellectuals of integrity and political leaders. I would like to tell Rahul Gandhi humbly that I too am a ‘swayamsevak’ (RSS volunteer) and many ministers, including the Prime Minister, in this government are ‘swayamsevaks’,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

During a visit to the Film and Television Institute of India campus Friday to extend support to the students seeking removal of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman, Rahul had said the RSS and its ideologues are “undermining” the institution’s stature by promoting “mediocrity” and bullying its critics as “anti-national” and “anti-Hindu”.

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Prasad, who addressed reporters at the party headquarters, raked up the “scams during the UPA” government. He also sought to raise Rahul’s reported comments in 2010 that radicalised Hindu groups may be a bigger threat than the local support for Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Prasad was reacting to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s comment that Rajnath Singh was trying to polarise society and divert attention from the government’s failures by raking up the issue of “Hindu terrorism”.

“Congress has not learnt the right lessons. If it had, its flip-flop on terrorism would not have been there,” Prasad said, citing use of terms “saffron terror” and “Hindu terrorism” by former home ministers P Chidambaram and Sushil Kumar Shinde, besides Rahul’s reported assertions.

Prasad quoted a news report to claim that Rahul, in a 2010 conversation with the then US ambassador, had said “there was evidence of some support for Lashkar-e-Toiba among certain elements in India’s indigenous Muslim community, the bigger threat may be the growth of radicalised Hindu groups, which create religious tensions and political confrontations with the Muslim community”. The report was based on documents released by Wikileaks.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. R
    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:43 am
    Rahul - have u ever been to a RSS shaka? Please dont talk rubbish about the nation loving organization.
    1. G
      Gandu Sanghi
      Aug 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm
      lolz. , nation loving shaka , bhakts n Sanghi , no need for comedy cirxus
      1. H
        H.S. KRISHNA
        Aug 2, 2015 at 6:08 am
        What can a person like Rahul hi know what RSS actually is and who its swayamsevaks are and what they do. Only a person who had 'served' others would know. As Congress is down and out, he is running all over the country fanning fires wherever he goes, trying to create problems for the NDA Government. In the last session of Parliament, he was absent 'absconding' as even the Congress Party did not know where he had gone. Considering that he hadn't taken the Security Personnel provided to him, rumour was rife that he must have gone to Switzerland or some other tax haven to oversee the unaccounted money kept in accounts there. The Congress has not clarified on this matter.
        1. R
          Aug 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm
          no RSS , then congis would have sold INDIA to Italian mafia ...!!
          1. M
            Manoj Kumar
            Aug 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm
            BJP is anti national and Hypocrite No. 1. Kargil was goof up of BJP and Kandhar hijack meek surrender to terrorism. Fake nationalists. In Kashmir to get power BJP ties up with PDP a anti party . Kashmir situation is worse under BJP rule. These fake nationalists are lecturing congress on nationalism. stan used to shudder even at thought of Indira hi who taught s a lesson. BJP is all talk and hypocrisy.
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