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We asked extremists to leave RSS: Mohan Bhagwat

delhi Updated: Jan 10, 2011 10:17 IST

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday slammed the Congress for linking Hindu groups with extremism and said that there was no place for radical elements in the party.

He said, "We have always asked extremists to leave the Sangh."

He blamed the Congress party of diverting attention from the corruption cases in the country.

Bhagwat said, "The Congress is losing its votebank. It's trying to divert attention. It is deliberately linking the name of the RSS to terror. The government says all these suspects were outside the Sangh when they indulged in extremist activities. RSS has always asked members with extremist views to leave."

The RSS on Friday accused the CBI of deliberately leaking the confession of Swami Aseemanand in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast which, it alleged, was given under duress. "This deliberate leaking of document confirms further the alleged interest of agencies is not to probe cases but malign the reputation of the organisations and individuals," RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said.

He claimed the statements leaked to the media confirmed that "they must have been taken under duress".

Noting that the confessions were "all contradictory and there is no credible evidence", he said lawyers were scrutinising the documents.

"Once again the CBI stood up to its reputation of being the Congress Bureau of Investigation," he said.

Aseemanand, who worked for Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in Dangs in Gujarat, reportedly confessed about his involvement in the Samjhauta train blast before a magistrate.