“I can never go to the RSS office. You can cut my throat, but I won’t go. My family has an ideology, a system of thought,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Hoshiarpur: I will not go to RSS office even if someone cuts my throat, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi clarified on Tuesday. He also accused the BJP and RSS of taking over the institution and putting pressure on the Election Commission and the judiciary.
Asked if he could talk to his cousin Varun Gandhi, a BJP member, at a press conference here, he said his beliefs were incompatible.
The Congress threatened that Varun would be in trouble if he participated in the yatra, saying that the BJP was not in favour.
Responding to a related question, he said that Varun Gandhi had once told him that the RSS was doing great work.
The congressman recalled telling his cousin that if he had read and understood what his family was, he wouldn’t have said that.
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“All organizations are under pressure. There is pressure on the press, the bureaucracy, the Election Commission, the judiciary,” he alleged.
“This is not a fight between one political party and another. Now there is a fight between them and the institutions taken over by the opposition. One of them is EVM,” he said to a question on electronic voting machines.
Criticizing the Aam Aadmi Party, Rahul Gandhi said that Punjab should be run from Punjab and not from Delhi.
If it is run from Delhi, people of Punjab will not accept it. This is not political but factual, he said.
When Rahul Gandhi was asked about cornering the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in his speech, he said that Hinduism or any other religion does not spread hatred.
“Hinduism is a peaceful, inclusive religion. So if they want to take any color (on RSS’s saffron flag), they can accept it, but what is written in Hinduism, they don’t do that, they do something else,” he said in a letter criticizing the RSS.
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