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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Thursday described the magazine report, in which Swami Aseemanand allegedly claimed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had sanctioned terror attacks, as the Congress' ploy to malign it and the BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
RSS publicity-in-charge Manmohan Vaidya termed the report "false and concocted". Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Javadekar, too, said the "baseless" story was propagated by the Congress' "dirty tricks" department.
Assemanand, the prime accused in the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif blast cases, is lodged in Ambala central jail in Maharashtra.
In an interview to The Caravan magazine, he allegedly said RSS chief Bhagwat, who was the general secretary of the organisation at the time of these attacks, had sanctioned the Hindu terror conspiracy.
With Aseemanand's lawyer JS Rana issuing a statement saying the contents of the article was a "bundle of lies", RSS ideologue MG Vaidya asserted, "The Sangh does not tell someone to explode bombs. Its job is character building and has no connection with terror."
According to him, the controversy was a strategy by the Congress party to turn the heat on its opponent BJP, which is the political offshoot of the RSS. "However, Congress will not benefit from such false propaganda. Congress should restrict its opposition to the BJP and not drag RSS unnecessarily."
RSS chief Bhagwat was not available for comments.
With PTI inputs