Congress President Rahul Gandhi to decline RSS’s invite

New Delhi, Aug 30 : Congress president Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to attend the  Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event in Delhi from September 17 to 19.

Senior Congress leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge, in the core group meeting has advised Rahul Gandhi to not accept the RSS program invitation.

However, there is no confirmation on whether an invite has been sent to the Congress President and if it has been accepted.

Nine-member core group committee constituted by Congress President Rahul Gandhi includes former finance minister P Chidambaram, senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh, AK Antony, and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala among others.

As the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was planning to invite Congress President Rahul Gandhi for a three-day lecture series that will be held between September 17 and 19 at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi.

During his recent trip to Germany and the United Kingdom, the Congress chief had attacked the RSS and said that its ideology was similar to Islamic State terror group and the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world” .

The comparison provoked a furious response from the BJP, which demanded an immediate apology.

Gandhi also accused the RSS of trying to change the nature of India and capture its institutions. At another event in London, the 47-year-old said the RSS had helped him tremendously to develop as a political leader by “relentlessly attacking him”.

Earlier this week, the Congress said that it had not received any invite for its president Rahul Gandhi to attend any RSS event in Delhi next month and would respond to questions on the matter only after an invitation is received. “I do not answer hypothetical, speculative questions… This is purely imaginary at the moment,” said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

“You can be rest assured, as and when the Congress receives an invitation, there will be an appropriate proper response and you all will be shared with that response, he said.

Congress President on Tuesday hit out at the government over the arrest of prominent Left-wing activists for suspected Maoist links, saying that in the “new India”, there was place for only one NGO,the RSS.

The Maharashtra Police on Wednesday raided the homes of prominent Left-wing activists in several states and arrested at least five of them as part of a probe into the violence between Dalits and the upper caste Peshwas at Koregaon-Bhima village near Pune after an event called Elgar Parishad on December 31 last year.

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