RSS try­ing to de­ter me from fight­ing for the poor, says Rahul Gandhi

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - NATION - Rahul Kar­makar

GUWAHATI: Congress vice-presi dent Rahul Gandhi on Thurs­day said the RSS has been fil­ing cases against him to pre­vent him from fight­ing for In­dia’s poor.

“Let them put as many cases on me as they want. I am happy they are do­ing it. I will not be de­terred,” he said af­ter ap­pear­ing be­fore the chief ju­di­cial mag­is­trate’s court

The CJM court had sum­moned him in a defama­tion case filed by an RSS mem­ber last year. The Sangh mem­ber, An­jan Bora, had taken of­fence to Gandhi’s De­cem­ber 12 ac­cu­sa­tion that the RSS was us­ing women ac­tivists to stop him from en­ter­ing Bar­peta Sa­tra a Vaish­nava monastery in As­sam

On Thurs­day, he said he was against the ide­ol­ogy of the RSS and “all such or­gan­i­sa­tions that try to di­vide In­dia and are harm­ful” for the coun­try. “These cases are be­ing put against me be­cause I am fight ing for the rights of the poor, the farm­ers, the un­em­ployed, and the labour­ers,” he said. The un­der­privi leged, he said, were de­nied their rights be­cause the govern­ment was be­ing run “in the in­ter­ests of 12-15 peo­ple”. “But I will con­tinue to fight for the unity and the poor of the coun­try de­spite their at­tempts to bury me un­der cases,” he said af­ter the CJM granted him a per­sonal re­cog­ni­zance bond of ₹50,000 and set Novem­ber 5 as the next date of hear­ing.

For­mer As­sam CM Tarun Gogo ac­com­pa­nied him to the court, from where they went to Ra­jiv Bha­van the state Congress head­quar­ters for a meet­ing with party work­ers

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