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Rahul Gandhi's comment a desperate attempt to hold 'slipping' political ground: RSS

Updated: Aug 07, 2016 08:03 IST

Bengaluru, Aug. 7 (ANI): Taking a strong exception to Rahul Gandhi in connection with a defamation case following his remark during his visit to lower Assam's Barpeta in December last year, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has said the Congress vice president is making such unrestrained remarks to hold on to his 'slipping' political ground.

"To hold on to his slipping political ground Rahul Gandhi has started to give unrestrained statements against RSS," RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha told ANI.

He said that now Gandhi has only way out and that is to apologise.

"He has only one option now that he should apologise. If he does not apologises outside the court, then I think a long period of his political time will be spent in trips to court," he added.

Sinha said it now depends on Gandhi's mentality and discretion whether he will apologies inside the court or outside, adding that Gandhi has a chance to prove his maturity by apologising publically.

"This is a chance for Rahul Gandhi to prove that he is maturing with his age it depends on him what message he wants to send out" he added.

Sinha further took a jibe at Gandhi by saying," The Prime Minister once said something in the Parliament about Gandhi's discretion level; people grow up as of their age but their maturity does not grows."

Escalating his attack on the Congress vice president, Sinha said Gandhi is

stuck in a wrong place.

"He has given a statement that Congress has been unable to prove and will neither be able to (prove) and many big shots have been trapped in this. A.G. Noorani is one of them," he added.

Gandhi was yesterday asked to appear before the Kamrup Metropolitan Court on September 29 in connection with the defamation case.

Gandhi had alleged that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers had stopped him from entering the Barpeta satra, a Vaishnavite monastery.

His remarks triggered a controversy across the country when he alleged that the women were made to sit at the entrance of the Satra, refusing him entry.

An RSS volunteer Anjan Bora had filed a criminal defamation case against Gandhi in the court claiming that he had tarnished the organisation's image by saying he was not allowed by its members to enter Barpeta Satra, a 16th century Vaishnavite monastery in Assam, on December 12, 2015.

Later, Satra officials denied the charges and condemned the act.

In the suit, the complainant charged Gandhi with making false statements to defame the RSS. (ANI)