Mumbai, July 4 : Rahul Gandhi, who appeared in a Mumbai court in a defamation case by RSS, said that it’s an ideological battle and assured the farmers that he will continue to fight ten times more than what he did in the past five years.
“It is a battle of ideology. I am standing with the poor and the farmers. The attacks are on.(‘Aakraman ho raha hai, mazaa aa raha hai’ (I am enjoying the fight),” the 49-year-old told reporters that he will fight in an aggressive manner..
The fight will continue. I will fight 10 times harder than in the last five years,” he added. .
” I didn’t say anything in court,I had to appear. It’s a fight of ideology, the Congress MP told mediapersons after Wayanad MP pleaded “not guilty”
before a local court in Mumbai’s Mazgaon in connection with the RSS defamation case in which he has been accused of linking the right-wing organisation to the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
He was granted bail on surety of Rs 15,000. The court has posted the matter for hearing on September 21.
A large number of Congress supporters led by Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora, former city chief Sanjay Nirupam and other leaders welcomed Gandhi at the Mumbai Airport on his first visit to the city, a day after he quit as party President.
Thousands lined up enroute and outside the court in Mazagaon waving party flags and raising slogans, asking him to take back his resignation as Congress chief.
Rahul Gandhi’s decision to appear in court has been linked by many to a point that he made about an ideological battle in his open letter on Wednesday declaring that he had resigned as Congress president, a role he took on two years ago. “I personally fought the Prime Minister, the RSS and the institutions they have captured with all my being. I fought because I love India… At times, I stood completely alone and am extremely proud of it,” he wrote.
“We will not defeat our opponents without sacrificing the desire for power and fighting a deeper ideological battle,” he said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who stepped down as party chief and shared his resignation letter publicly on micro-blogging site Twitter, taking the onus of the party’s defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.