Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) patriarch LK Advani on Wednesday came to the Sangh’s rescue over Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s accusation that the RSS was responsible for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.
In a blog, Advani said the RSS was not involved in the killing of Gandhiji. Quoting Mahatma’s grandson Rajmohan Gandhi’s book on Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Advani’s wrote: “This book by Rajmohan Gandhi has effectively nailed the Congress’ slanderous campaign against RSS in respect of Mahatmaji’s assassination.”
Advani, whose ties with the RSS have seen many ups and downs, said Rajmohan Gandhi, who is the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from East Delhi in the Lok Sabha polls, had quoted in his book a February 27, 1948, letter by Patel to Jawaharlal Nehru.
Patel wrote that he was keeping tabs on the assassination probe progress. “I devote a large part of my evening to discussing with Sanjeevi (head of intelligence and inspector general of police, Delhi) the day’s progress and giving instructions to him on any points that arise. All the accused have given long and detailed statements. It emerges clearly from these statements that the RSS was not involved in it at all,” Patel’s letter read.
Last Sunday, the BJP had moved the Election Commission against Rahul’s remarks against the RSS and demanded that the Congress be de-recognised for violating the model code of conduct. The RSS had also filed a similar complaint on Friday with the Karnataka election commission against Rahul’s remark.
In the complaint to the chief election commissioner, BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had said the “tone and tenor of Rahul’s speech was to incite the feelings” of people and “create hatred towards BJP and RSS”.
The Congress vice president had made the remarks during an election rally in Maharashtra on March 6. He said in Thane: “They killed Gandhiji. RSS people shot Gandhiji dead. And today their people (BJP) talk about Gandhiji. Sardar Patel was a Congress leader, he has written clearly about RSS; and today they (BJP) tell Congress that Sardar Patel is our leader.”
Gandhiji was assassinated on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu Maha Sabha activist. Sardar Patel, India’s first home minister, had then banned the RSS but it was lifted within eight months.