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RSS distances itself from ex-chief's remark

Former RSS chief K S Sudarshan was today in the eye of a storm following his derogatory remarks against Sonia Gandhi, provoking the Congress to launch an offensive against the sangh parivar.

delhi Updated: Nov 11, 2010 23:32 IST
PTI

Former RSS chief K S Sudarshan was today in the eye of a storm following his derogatory remarks against Sonia Gandhi, provoking the Congress to launch an offensive against the sangh parivar.

On its part, the RSS distanced itself from the controversial comments.

Reacting angrily to Sudarshan's remarks, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said that the reaction of the society should be such that no one dare speak in such language in future.

Branding Sudarshan as a "fossil", he lamented that a person associated with an organisation which boasts of culture and decency should stoop so low by using such a derogatory language and make false charges.

"If someone gets agitated then who is responsible... everybody has a right to oppose such things... if Congressmen and people the country do something (untoward), they (RSS) will be responsible for it," Dwivedi said.

Congress members also rocked Parliament over the issue, with treasury bench members in the Rajya Sabha storming the Well holding copies of a Hindi daily in which Sudarshan's comments appeared.

Hitting out at Sudarshan, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal said the Sangh leader has lost his mental balance and demanded an apology from the BJP.

While interacting with the media in Bhopal yesterday, Sudarshan had called Gandhi a CIA agent and accused her of plotting assassinations of her husband and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his mother Indira Gandhi.

"The BJP, which draws its inspiration from the RSS, should apologise for it," Bansal told reporters outside Parliament.

Seeking to steer clear from the controversy, the BJP distanced itself from Sudershan's statement, saying Gandhi was an elected representative and should be treated with respect.

"As a democratically elected leader she (Gandhi) should be respected. She is the chairperson of a ruling coalition and as a democratically elected Indian leader she deserves our respect. Whatever political differences we have with her must be addressed within an accepted, democratic framework and behaviour," BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay said here.

The RSS distanced itself from the issue, saying Sudarshan's views were not that of the organisation.

"The RSS has noted with concern reports in a section of the media attributing it to former Sar Sanghchalak K S Sudarshan. However, those are not the opinions of the RSS," the organisation's spokesperson Ram Madhav told PTI.

First Published: Nov 11, 2010 20:11 IST