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Don't defile leaders: Congress

Cong accuses BJP of denigrating names of national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi who is mentioned alongwith RSS leaders Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in its 'Vision Document'.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2004 07:45 PM IST

Congress on April 1 accused BJP of denigrating the name of national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jaiparakash Narayan and BR Ambedkar by incorporating them into its 'Vision Document' along with RSS leaders and wanted to know since when the 'anti-nationals and killers' of Gandhi have started taking inspiration from these leaders.

"They (BJP and Sangh Parivar) are anti-national and killers of Gandhi. They are remembering Gandhi to get power", party spokesman Kapil Sibal told reporters reacting sharply over inclusion of photographs of these leaders along with Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Deen Dayal Upadhaya.

Quoting different speeches on different occasions by Gandhi, Narayan and Ambedkar about RSS, Sibal claimed all these national leaders had described it as a "fascist, communal and divisive organisation" and had cautioned people against its motives.

While Gandhi said RSS was a communal organisation with fascist tendency, Narayan had said that Jan Sangh can't be trusted till it did not severe its ties with RSS. "Nevertheless, we should be cautious, if RSS want to dominate over politics", he said.

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