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Cong terror gun at Sangh

New Delhi, Jan. 7: The Congress today asked the Centre to review its approach towards the Sangh parivar in the light of purported confessions of a top functionary that he and his colleagues were involved in bombing the Samjhauta Express, the train linking India and Pakistan.

The party is now convinced of the urgent need to take tough action against the RSS and its sister organisations. Congress spokesperson Shakil Ahmed said the new face of the RSS revealed in the confessional statement of Swami Aseemanand, a Bengali who headed the Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad, could not be ignored.

“The involvement of fanatic Hindu groups in terror activities has not only posed a grave threat to our internal security, it has also weakened India’s position in the world on cross-border terrorism,” he said.

Describing the new revelations as “Sanghi aatankawad,” the Congress spokesperson said the BJP, which is the political wing of the RSS and has ruled the country for six years, should introspect if its association with such elements and the attempts to hinder investigations into terrorism were in national interest.

Asked if the RSS should be banned, Ahmed said: “Ban or disband, but the government should take a tough action, whatever is most suitable.” Most senior Congress leaders are not in favour of banning the RSS, though outfits like Sime were outlawed after its members were linked to terror plots.

Previous Congress governments had banned the RSS thrice in the past — first after Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination in 1948, then in 1975 during the Emergency and in 1992 after the demolition of the Babri Masjid — but the Sangh parivar has only grown in strength.

Hence, the Congress does not want to ban the RSS again. A Congress general secretary pointed out that the ban would not be effective as the RSS ran over 100 outfits and the need was to fight the communal ideology at the social and political levels.

Digvijaya Singh, who has positioned himself as the most vocal critic of the RSS, asked the BJP to stop obstructing and maligning the investigating agencies as they did when the late Hemant Karkare was probing Pragya Singh and others.

“L. K. Advani and Rajnath Singh had even approached Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Pragya Singh’s defence. The BJP is committing the same mistake by defending the new suspects and questioning the integrity of investigative agencies,” he said.

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