Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday compared the BJP’s ideological mentor, the RSS, with the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Muslim organisation, adding that the latter was determined to change the very nature of India.
Speaking at an event at London’s International Institute of Strategic Studies, Rahul Gandhi said, “We are fighting an organisation called the RSS, which is trying to change the nature of India. There is no other organisation in India that wants to capture India’s institutions,” he added.
“What we are dealing with is a completely new idea. It is similar to the idea that exists in the Arab world in the form of Muslim Brotherhood. And the idea is that an ideology should run through every institutions, one idea should crush all other ideas.”
To support his allegations, the Congress president cited several examples, “You see the response of four Supreme Court judges, who came out and said ‘we are not being allowed to do our work’. You see Raghuram Rajan (former RBI Governor) and the shock of demonetisation. You can see India’s institutions being torn down one by one. That requires a response, a response that has to include all who value what India has achieved.”
His comments earned him plenty of plaudits from supporters and party colleagues. Congress supporter and activist Tehseen Poonawalla tweeted, “Wow !!!! Rahul Gandhi in London just compared RSS to the Muslim Brotherhood. Live in London. More power.”
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam tweeted, “There is no doubt in it. #RSS is Indian version of Muslim Brotherhood. Congress President @RahulGandhi is thousand percent correct in making this absolute right statement.”
The BJP and its supporters were seeting with Rahul’s comparison of the RSS with the Muslim Brotherhood. The saffron party’s spokesperson, Sambit Patra said, “On whose behest are you trying to defame India on foreign soil? Are you the contract killer Mr Rahul Gandhi of the idea called India? What you said today in London is unpardonable?”
Later in the day, the Congress president said that his party will win the 2019 general elections by building a “formidable alliance” to fight the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
During the interactive segment of his ‘India and the World’ event at the House of Commons complex in London, Gandhi warned against an attempt to impose a rigid, hate-filled ideology by forces like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on India through a politics that excludes the country’s lower castes and minorities.
“There is an attempt to impose a very rigid, hate-filled angry ideology on India… This is an ideological battle and the line is very clear – there is the hate-filled ideology of the RSS on one side and there is all the Opposition on the other side, and you will feel the weight of this combined opposition,” he was quoted by PTI.