Rahul Gandhi’s correlation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to the Muslim Brotherhood on Friday provoked an acrimonious rejoinder from a furious BJP, which requested an immediate apology.
“The RSS is trying to change the nature of India. There is no other organization in India that wants to capture India’s institutions… What we are dealing with is a completely new idea. It’s an old idea of being reborn. It is similar to the idea that exists in the Arab world of the Muslim Brotherhood. The idea is that one ideology should run through every institution and one idea should crush all other ideas,” the Congress president had said at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.
Cue a trenchant reply from the BJP’s spokesperson Sambit Patra. “Do you even know what the Muslim Brotherhood is? It is declared a terrorist organization in a number of countries. You are comparing it with the RSS and BJP.”
The Congress president, dwelling at length on his critique of the RSS RSS – the BJP’s ideological tutor – likewise told a social event of the Indian diaspora in Germany that while his gathering ties the general population of India, the BJP-RSS partitions them and spreads scorn.
“The BJP-RSS people are dividing our own people. They are spreading hatred in our own country. Our job is to bring the people together and take the country forward and we have shown how to do it,” he said.
“We want India to go forward and you will never hear of any Indian spreading hatred or anger anywhere. This is our culture, this is your culture,” added the 47-year-old.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra’s takedown of these statements was brutal.
“Rahul, you have no maturity, no understanding of India. You have no leadership quality. You have no facet. All that you have is hatred towards PM Modi. You hate PM Modi, BJP, and RSS. And out of this hatred, you make irresponsible, immature statements. Have you heard yourself ever,” railed the ruling party spokesperson, demanding that the Congress chief “apologize from London”.