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RSS moves EC against Rahul’s remark

The complaint was filed at the office of Election Commissioner of Karnataka Anil Kumar Jha.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (rss) on Friday filed a complaint with the Election Commission against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his remark linking the right-wing outfit with the killing of Mahatma Gandhi.

RSS national spokesman Ram Madhav and three other leaders filed the complaint against Rahul for his controversial comment during a speech at Sonale village near Bhiwandi in Maharashtra on March 6. The complaint was filed at the office of Election Commissioner of Karnataka Anil Kumar Jha.

Addressing a public rally, the Congress leader had said, “They have killed Gandhiji. RSS people have shot Gandhiji and today they talk about him.”

The RSS, in its complaint, said Rahul made the remark “deliberately with the ulterior political motive of equating RSS with the BJP, and to spread hatred against both in sections of the society.” RSS functionaries said the decision to file the complaint was made during the annual meeting of the outfit in Bangalore that began Friday, after many senior members “expressed anguish’’ over the comment.

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“The complainant submits that Sri Rahul Gandhi has by making the offending remarks in a predominantly Muslim area of Bhiwandi sent a message to the Muslim community that the RSS was the organisation that got Mahatma Gandhi killed, thereby hinting that it might do the same to them also. The utterances were aimed at and amounted to an activity which may aggravate differences and create mutual hatred between the Hindus and Muslims and other groups,’’ the complaint stated.

“The organisation has taken a serious note of the politically motivated false propaganda by Sri Rahul Gandhi and wishes to draw the attention of the esteemed officials of the Election Commission of India for the gross violation of model code of conduct by the said politician,’’ it added.