New Delhi, Mar 9 IBNS | 9 months ago

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday moved the Election Commission (EC) against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's remark that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) killed Mahatma Gandhi.

The BJP has in its complaint asked the Commission to take appropriate action against the Congress party and its vice president for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

The party has submitted a letter to the EC stating: "That Sh. Rahul Gandhi, MP and Vice President, Indian National Congress addressed a rally in Bhiwandi in Thane, Maharashtra on 6 March 2014 as part of the campaigning by the Congress for the forthcoming elections. In this rally, Sh. Gandhi made certain false and baseless allegations against the members of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and also made communal utterances, inciting communal feelings amongst people of various communities."

BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters here: "The way they have put false allegations, it is evident that the Congress party is in fear of losing and are saying all these rubbish.. We have complained to the EC to take action against Rahul Gandhi."

"The entire tone and tenor of Sh. Rahul Gandhi's speech was to incite the feelings of the people and create hatred towards the BJP as well as RSS. A bare reading of his statements makes it clear that they were aimed at putting absolutely false and baseless notions in the minds of the people that the BJP creates confrontation and enmity between Hindus and Muslims as well as amongst other communities and regions and also that members of BJP and RSS were responsible for the killing of Sh. Mahatma Gandhi. The intention of Sh. Rahul Gandhi was to incite the feelings of the people by falsely portraying the RSS to be responsible for his death and further create a sense of fear amongst the Hindus, Muslims and other communities that the BJP will create tensions between them," the BJP's letter to EC said.

The RSS on Friday said it will sue Rahul Gandhi for alleging that the right-wing Hindu nationalist group had planned Mahatma Gandhi's assassination on Jan 30, 1948.

"Legal action wl b initiated agnst Rahul Gandhi 4 his irspnsbl utterances linking RSS wth Gandhi murder. Complaint wl be filed with EC too," tweeted RSS leader Ram Madhav.

"(Sardar) Patel told Nehru he had no evidence 2 link RSS wth Gandhiji murder.Nehru forced hs way. Patel lifted ban," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"Know d facts. Not go by propaganda. Ban was d decision of d cabinet. Patel wrote to Nehru stating no evidence against RSS," said Ram Madhav.

"Also when they realised it was a mistake they lifted d ban. Nehru govt invited RSS to participate in R Day parade in 1963," he said.

On Mar 6, at a rally in Bhiwandi city of Maharashtra, Rahul Gandhi alleged RSS planned Mahatma Gandhi's murder.

(Posted on 09-03-2014)

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