Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took to Twitter to emphasise that he will never give up on his fight against the “hateful and divisive agenda” of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He shared a video of his election campaign in Bhiwandi city in Maharashtra’s Thane district, where he said the RSS was behind Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, and added, “I stand by every single word I said.”
This comes a day after he seemingly backtracked on his earlier comments – made during his national campaign before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections – and said he did not mean to accuse the right-wing organisation as a whole of assassinating the freedom fighter. An RSS worker filed a defamation case against him for his statements, after which the Supreme Court told him that he “cannot make collective denunciations”.
Senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal told the apex court on Wednesday that Gandhi “never accused the RSS as [an] institution for the crime” and that the petitioner had misinterpreted his statement. Sibal is representing the Congress vice president in the defamation case.
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