RSS has demanded an apology from Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for his remarks in which he seemed to suggest that the RSS discriminated against women.
RSS hit back at Gandhi saying he should first understand the activities of the Sangh.
“He (Rahul) should apologise because he is not aware of the functioning of the RSS. There is a Rashtra Sevika Samiti, a parallel body of the RSS, and both are engaged in nation building since 1936 and wedded to the nationalist ideology,” said Vijay Thakar, media in-charge of the Gujarat unit of the RSS.
Rahul, who is campaigning in poll-bound Gujarat, had told a gathering of students in Vadodara that RSS discriminated against women as there we were few women who are part of the organisation.
“Rahul Gandhi should first understand the activities of the Sangh and refrain from making such comments on such a matter which do not have any substance…The women members of the RSS have been helping directly or indirectly in achieving the goals. Women have always participated in the RSS’ activities,” Thakar said.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters in Nagpur, Shantakka, the Pramukh Sanchalika of the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, said, “The Rashtra Sevika Samiti, which is inspired by the RSS, has been working for the last 81 years. Both the Rashtra Sevika Samiti and the RSS are parallel organisations….Rahul Gandhi should have first seen how the Rashtra Sevika Samiti functioned and then commented on it. The samiti takes part in two important annual meetings of the RSS and also participates in the meetings of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS).”
The ABPS is the highest body for policy formulation and decision making of the RSS.
(With inputs from PTI)