An angry Congress on Thursday strongly condemned the “obscene” attack launched by former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief K Sudarshan against its party chief Sonia Gandhi and the “lies” and the “false and derogatory charges” he made against her.
The party demanded the BJP and RSS spell out whether they agreed with Sudarshan or not and urged the country to consider whether such remarks against anyone should allowed to be part of the public discourse. The party also intends to launch a public campaign on the issue and some of its workers have already staged protest demonstrations.
In Parliament, emotionally charged Congress MPs stormed the well and forced the two Houses to adjourn.
In Bhopal on Wednesday, Sudarshan had called Gandhi a CIA agent and blamed her for the assassinations of her husband Rajiv Gandhi and mother-in-law Indira Gandhi.
“No language can be more uncivilised than this. There can be no bigger lies than these. If Congressmen get worked up after reading all this, they (the RSS) will be responsible for it. Congress condemns this. The reaction to it should be such that none can use such uncivilised and obscene language again,” AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.
“We strongly condemn Sudarshan’s statement. The BJP-RSS should say whether they agree with his statement or not,” said Dwivedi. “If they don’t, it should condemn it openly,” said Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. Party spokesperson Manish Tewari described Sudarshan as a “fossil from the archaeological museum”.
Various Congress chief ministers joined the chorus of and for condemnation. “This kind of slanderous statement can be made only by a person who has lost his mental balance. It is frivolous...’’ said Haryana chief minister BS Hooda.