Sardar Patel termed RSS poisonous: Rahul Gandhi


By : Mohan Verma

Making a assault on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), AICC vice president Mr. Rahul Gandhi yesterday hits BJP’s ideological affiliation. Sardar Patel who had described RSS as “a poisonous outfit that can destroy the nation”.

Congress prime ministerial candidate made this assault at police ground Dharamshala, where he was addressing first LS election rally, targeted his counter part Narinder Modi. Mr. Gandhi said, “Sardar Patel ji ne kaha tha ki RSS ek zehreela sangathan hai (Sardar Patel had equated RSS with a poisonous outfit) alleging that it could destroy the nation.”

Since Mr. Modi was taking ideological posturing towards Congress leader Sardar Patel who also hailed from Gujarat after announcing to built Rs. 2300 crore memorial on the name of Mr. Patel, Rahul Gandhi tried to bring forth the ideological contradiction between BJP parent wing RSS and Patel who was first home minister of India.

Wearing his long ‘kurta’ with jeans and a Himachali cap, Mr. Gandhi said that BJP was trying to take benefit from legacy of Patel by eloquently quoting and changing its ideological posturing to appeal masses.

Exploring role of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi for cause of IT industry and development, he said that a BJP’s senior most leader in parliament had been stated on the floor of house that India would be destroyed due to computers, but Mr. Gandhi did not name him in the public.

He also slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over claims of development, saying its leaders were taking false credit. Mr. Gandhi earlier met with ex-servicemen at Tanda and advocated the party schemes brought for the benefit of ex-servicemen and their wards. He also tried to bring forth among the defense personnel that UPA had implemented one rank and one pension scheme for their benefit during their meeting with its members earlier on Thursday.

Mr. Modi was trying to woe the votes of ex-servicemen who are in large number in Lok Sabha seat of Hamirpur and Kangra, both considers the bastion of opposition BJP.

Of the four parliamentary seats in Himachal Pradesh other two are Shimla and Mandi , the Congress bagged Mandi during the 2009 general elections while BJP hold Shimla. The state would go for single phase poll on May 7, 2014.

BJP was also planning to organise another rally of Narinder Modi in the state for which it still had to make the schedule.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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