The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have reacted sharply to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s call for RSS/BJP free India. The BJP has suggested him to visit “shakha” (drill session of the RSS) to “clear his misconceptions” about the RSS.
Kumar said at Patna that non-BJP political parties must come under one platform to make the country RSS-free. By uniting against the BJP and its ideology, can we hope to save democracy, he added.
The Congress also supported Kumar’s call and said that the sangh posed a threat to India’s unity and democracy even as as BJP jumped to the defence of its mentor.
The BJP said it was unfazed by Kumar’s call to form a united front to counter it and that “such attempts will not us from working for the development of the country and for the poor”.
Stating that everyone was aware of Kumar’s ambitions, BJP spokesperson Shrikant Sharma took a dig at the Congress, asking its chief Sonia Gandhi to make it clear if vice-president Rahul Gandhi will lead such that front or be a part of it.
Coming down on Kumar, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain asked what was his credibility when he was associated with BJP for many years?
Hussain said such statements were a desperate bid to hog the limelight. “JD-U is a regional party that has never even contested all seats in Bihar,” he said.