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RSS like Nazis: Digvijay Singh
Published on 20 Dec. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Sunday mounted a fierce attack on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) by likening the right-wing Hindu group to Nazis.
“The RSS in the garb of its nationalist ideology is targetting Muslims the same way Nazis targetted Jews in the 1930s,” Singh said, in his address at the 83rd Congress plenary held in Burari.
He said the RSS was sowing the seeds of Muslim hatred in the minds of the new generation and “this is the biggest danger for us”.
He said the RSS had made its activists enter the bureaucracy and even the Army and raised a question “why all people involved in various bombings like Malegaon, Mecca Masjid, Samjhauta Express had links with” the Hindu group. He said the Congress had demanded a CBI probe into RSS activist Sunil Joshi’s murder who “is the same person involved in many terror acts”.
“I know (Joshi) because I am from MP. His name has come up during the investigations of the Samjhauta Express blast, Malegaon blast, Mecca Masjid blast, Ajmer Sharif blast... Why is it that all the accused in these terror acts have links with the RSS,” he said.
“Many of them have been arrested... They are all RSS activists,” he added.
He congratulated Home Minister P Chidambaram for handing over the Joshi murder case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Launching an equally scathing attack on the BJP, Singh said the “demolition of the Babri Masjid, the martyrdom of the Babri Masjid is the darkest patch in the history of India. The roots of terrorism in India lie in BJP leader LK Advani’s rath yatra”. He said the nation needs to take steps to convert into trust the mistrust in the minds of Muslim brothers.
No question of retracting on Karkare statement: Digvijay
Congress general secretary, Digvijay Singh said on Sunday that there was no question of his retracting or going back on his recent statement on slain Maharashtra police ATS chief, Hemant Karkare receiving threats to his life from Hindu terrorists.
“I continue to stand by what I said and I do not think that there is any question of my retracting it or going back on it,” Mr. Singh told PTI.
The Congress general secretary said that he had made the remarks on Karkare receiving threats at a function for the release of a book in New Delhi. He said that according to him, he “had not made the remarks out of turn or out of context.”
“It was strange when people like L K Advani go and meet Pragya Thakur, nothing is said but when I go to meet someone, I’m branded as anti-national or pro-Muslim,” Digvijay said.
Asked if Congress president, Sonia Gandhi or party general secretary, Rahul Gandhi had asked him about his remarks on Karkare, Mr. Singh replied “I am glad that I enjoy their blessings.”

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