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Rajnath Singh asks Congress to withdraw Rahul's remark on Gandhi killing

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 9:48pm IST | Agency: PTI

Taking a strong exception to Rahul Gandhi's remarks linking RSS with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, BJP president Rajnath Singh today demanded Congress to withdraw these "unfounded" allegations.

He also demanded making public the Thakkar Commission report on killing of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

"Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said RSS got Mahatma Gandhi killed. I want to ask Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, try to read the pages of history.

Ban on RSS was lifted six months after imposition by the Congress government after it accepted that the allegations against RSS were baseless," Singh said while addressing a public meeting here.

The BJP President said that Kapoor Commission, which was set up to go into Gandhiji's killing, had also accepted that allegations against RSS were not correct.

"Still, Rahul Gandhi did not hesitate to make these allegations. I would like to demand they take back these allegations," Singh said, while addressing the meeting organised to complement Telangana people on the formation of separate state.

"Can't you do politics by telling truth," he questioned.

Launching a blistering attack on Congress, Singh asked why the report of Thakkar panel on Indira Gandhi's assassination was not made public even now.

"Where is the report? It has not been made public," he said.

Referring to recent spate of mishaps affecting the naval fleet, the BJP leader alleged the Congress has failed to handle issues related to national security effectively.

"I am told that another submarine sunk because the life of its battery had expired. The prestige of the country is not upheld and guarded like this," he said.

Addressing a rally in Thane district of Maharashtra on March 6, Rahul had said "RSS people killed Gandhiji and today their people (BJP) talk of him... They opposed Sardar Patel and Gandhiji".
BJP has already moved the Election Commission against Rahul over his remarks. (

Highlighting that China and Pakistan were indulged in anti-India actions, Singh said no country would have the courage to resort to such actions when the BJP comes to power.

He said Narendra Modi was perhaps the only leader who has faced a barrage of political attacks by his opponents all these years. "However, Modi has only shone bright like a diamond after being sharpened."

Recalling BJP's consistent stand in support of separate Telangana and its promise in 2006 of forming separate state in 100 days, he urged people of the region to vote for BJP.

"Had Congress taken a decision to form separate Telangana a few years ago, lives of 1,100 Telangana youths would have been saved. The BJP would like to dedicate the formation of separate Telangana to the youths who laid down their lives," he said.

Seeking to strike a chord with anti-Congress parties in Andhra, the BJP president appealed to them to work for a "Congress-free India".

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitely said on the occasion that his party had done the maximum for the creation of Telangana.

"We have kept our word. I appeal to you to vote for us to make Narendra Modi Prime Minister. We are committed to your development," he said.

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