Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi seems one confused soul. A day after he made a U-turn and told the Supreme Court that he had never accused Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as an institution that killed Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi tweeted "I stand by every single word I said."
He also said that he will never stop fighting the hateful and divisive agenda of the RSS.
I will never stop fighting the hateful & divisive agenda of the RSS. I stand by every single word I saidhttps://t.co/bUWzTHrgHW
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 25, 2016
Earlier in July, the Supreme Court had told Congress vice-president that he must either apologise or face trial for his remarks accusing that the RSS was responsible for Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.
In May 2015, the Congress second-in-command had moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the Bombay High Court order dismissing his plea for quashing a defamation case against him for allegedly blaming RSS for the assassination of The Mahatma.
At a rally in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Gandhi reportedly took on the RSS saying that "RSS people killed Gandhiji. They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji".
As Dinesh Unnikrishnan points out in this Firstpost article, Gandhi’s lawyer, another veteran Congressman Kapil Sibal told the Supreme Court that Gandhi never blamed the RSS but the ‘people associated with it’ for the assassination of the Mahatma. The purpose of Gandhi’s U-turn logically was to get the defamation case slapped against him by RSS activist Mahadev Kunte, quashed.
With his recent tweet, Gandhi seems to have dashed all efforts of Sibal in increasing the chances of the case being quashed. Earlier on Thursday before Gandhi came up with his tweet, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said wisdom has prevailed upon the Congress leader and although it may be a "U-turn", it was a "good turn".
Interestingly, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday dismissed suggestions that Rahul Gandhi has done a U-turn in the Supreme Court on the RSS and said the party vice-president stands by his assertion that the person who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi was from the organisation.
No U Turn by Rahul Gandhi on RSS. He stands by what he said. Person who killed was from RSS.
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) August 25, 2016
First Published On : Aug 25, 2016 15:31 IST