New Delhi: Continuing the attack on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the centre, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday questioned the motive behind the “selective leak” of Swami Aseemanand’s confession of his alleged involvement in the 2006 Malegaon blast, even as it defended its ideological parent—the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Speaking at the function of a release of a book on the RSS, party president Nitin Gadkari said “Congress is trying to tarnish the image of the RSS for votebank politics...RSS is a democratic organization which does not believe in any sort of violence...Congress is feeling embarassed about all the scams surrounding it and is hence, trying to change the agenda of the nation by doing this,” Gadkari said.
The BJP president’s strong defence of the RSS comes even as the party has been maintaining that terrorism has no religion and it supports action against anyone involved in terrorist activities.
Gadkari, who completed one year in office as party president also released a report card on achievements during his one year in office that said his tenure had seen a more “aggressive and energetic organisation”, during which the party was able to corner the government on issues of price rise and corruption.
Gadkari took over as BJP President on 19 December, 2009.
Releasing the report card, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “There has been renewed energy and dynamism in the party and its cadre since Nitin Gadkari took over as president and there is now greater hope for the party among its members for the future.”