[Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka. (Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia)]
Mumbai: Reacting to Rahul Gandhi's claim that RSS men have inflitrated each and every section and department of the government, some regular readers of ummid.com brought to our notice an old interview of Ram Madhav in which he had claimed that the RSS men are even in the Congress party.
"We have our members in several political parties, including the Congress. We interact with them regularly", Ram Madhav, former RSS spokesperson and now National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said while talking with Ajit Sahi of Tehelka in an April, 2009 interview.
"RSS realises that the appeal of Hindutva cuts across political parties", he added in reply to a question regarding members of RSS in political parties other than the BJP.
Ram Madhav's old interview resurfaced after Congress President Rahul Gandhi while interacting with professionals and the business community at the end of his four-day campaign in poll-bound Karnataka accused RSS of trying to "capture" every institution and charged that NDA ministers were not operating independently as the Sangh Parivar outfit's men were planted in each ministry.
"In every single Ministry in India, at the national level there is an OSD from RSS working with the Minister...In every Ministry in India there is a man from RSS who works with the Minister. The Minister is not operating on his own," he said.
"This is the fundamental conflict we have with BJP. Their idea is wherever they go they plant people with their ideology into that organisation," he said.
Rahul Gandhi's concern over people with RSS ideology infiltrating government establishments also reminded the readers of Kuldip Nayyir's book wherein he had written that people of Sangh-mentality have always been there in the Congress.
"A very senior and upright journalist, former High Commissioner to U.K., Kuldip Nayar, had written about (Narsimha) Rao’s climbing on the throne saying that a person of Sangh-mentality was always present (or implanted) among the leaders of the Indian National Congress.
"But, this is the first occasion when such a person reached the presidentship of the party as well as the prime ministership. It was a serious warning to the peace-loving people of India", MI Ansari wrote in The Milli Gazette in an article published in January 2005.
Readers in fact also remember media calling former Prime Minister Narsimha Rao as the first "Sangh man who became prime minister of India".
Besides Narsimha Rao, another senior Congress leader, who also served as Home Minister, too was accused of having links with the RSS.
Furthermore, the Congress party has always been accused of going soft on RSS, at times even patronising and supporting its activities.
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