Azad likens RSS to ISIS, gets fl ak from BJP, oth­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Top lead­ers of the Congress on Satur­day at­tacked the rul­ing BJP and its ide­o­log­i­cal par­ent, the Rashtriya Swayem­se­vak Sangh, ac­cus­ing them of “spread­ing ha­tred” and com­par­ing their ide­ol­ogy to that of the Is­lamic State.

Ghu­lam Nabi Azad said his party would fight the Is­lamic State (ISIS) ter­ror­ist group just as it would the RSS, set­ting off sharp re­ac­tions from the saf­fron or­gan­i­sa­tion. “So, we op­pose or­gan­i­sa­tions like ISIS the way we op­pose RSS. If those among us, in Is­lam, too do wrong things, they are no way less than RSS,” Azad said at a con­fer­ence of the Jamiat Ula­mai-Hind, one of the largest Mus­lim or­gan­i­sa­tions in the coun­try.

Both the RSS and BJP slammed Azad, say­ing they would sue him. Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi did not at­tend the con-on­fer­ence but sent a let­ter, which was read out by Azad.

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