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Rahul doesn't know history, Sangh took part in freedom struggle: RSS leader

He said that Hegdewar participated in two of Mahatma Gandhi's three satyagrahas

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Rahul Gandhi
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi addresses a day-long convention 'Sajha Virasat Bachao Sammelan' in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo

Senior leader on Thursday said vice president did not know anything about the Sangh, whose members did take part in the freedom struggle.

"does not know the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, nor has he tried to understand the Sangh. He does not even know the history of India," Vaidya said here.

"However, the society is coming with the and the is growing continously....Their (Congress') base is shrinking," Vaidya said.

"Talking about one's forefathers' achievements to hide one's own failures is considered bad form in our society," he said, in an apparent dig at the leader.

Speaking at a meeting of opposition parties in Delhi, hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Gandhi on Thursday alleged that the RSS was trying to plant its people in every institution.

"Till the time RSS did not rule India, they never saluted the flag... You can look at this nation in two ways. One says this country is mine, other says I belong to the country. That's the difference between RSS and us," the vice president said.

On a common refrain of the Sangh's critics that it did not participate in the freedom struggle, Vaidya said, "Dr Hedgewar (RSS founder K B Hedgewar) had participated in two of the three 'Satyagrahas' launched by Dr Hedgewar participated in a Satyagraha before the formation of RSS, and in another Satyagraha afterwards.

"He had participated individually and not as RSS leader," Vaidya said, claiming further that many RSS volunteers took part in the freedom struggle, and were "hanged, shot or jailed".

"RSS did not participate in the freedom struggle directly but its swayamsevaks (volunteers) participated in it," he said.

First Published: Fri, August 18 2017. 08:33 IST