Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched a sharp attack on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), alleging that the Special Protection Group chief appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to quit because he refused to accept a list of SPG officers hand-picked by the RSS.
He made this charge while interacting with college and university teachers here.
“When Mr. Modi came to power, a person from Gujarat was chosen to head the SPG. He also came to meet me. In a short time, he left the position. I asked him why and he told me that he refused a list of officers hand-picked by the RSS,” Mr. Gandhi said.
Dig at RSS chief
He also attacked RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, taking a dig at his claim that the RSS wished to organise the nation.
“RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says that we are organising the nation. Who are you? Are you God? The nation will organise itself,” Mr. Gandhi said. He sought to know whether the nation would sit back to be organised by the RSS. He added that this was a “fantasy” and would end in a couple of months.
Mr. Gandhi said that while the Congress thought India was all its people, BJP chief Amit Shah saw it as a golden bird, seeing it as a “product” that needed to be “monetised”.
The BJP and the RSS wanted to capture all institutions as they were aware that they could not win all elections, Mr. Gandhi said. He asserted that if the Congress came to power, it would restore the autonomy and freedom of professors and higher educational institutions.
Two women ad hoc teachers of Delhi University complained to Mr. Gandhi about the problems of the ad hoc system, which had lots of insecurity in it.
Mr. Gandhi said they should meet the leaders of the Congress preparing the party’s manifesto and convey their expectations to them.
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