New Delhi: Former RSS chief K S Sudershan’s controversial statements against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Thursday led to a war of words between the Congress and BJP with the former demanding that the party and the Sangh fountainhead condemn the statement if they do not concur with it.
Though the RSS did not come out with a statement, BJP distanced itself from Sudershan’s comments and even appeared critical of it.
“We strongly condemn Sudarshan’s statement. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat should tell whether he agrees with the statement or not. If he doesn’t, he should condemn it openly,” Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters in New Delhi.
Singh said that Gandhi’s personality has been of an ideal wife, daughter-in-law and mother.
“To say such things against a person who has declined to accept the Prime Minister’s post is totally condemnable,” Singh said.
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 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 told PTI.
Sources said Sudershan’s attack on Sonia Gandhi was triggered by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s statement that RSS and banned outfit SIMI were both fanatical and held fundamentalist ideology.