Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Oppositin Leader at Rajya Sabha said he never in his talks linked RSS to Islamic State (IS), the terror group.
Adressing the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad read lines from his speech that he voiced at a Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind function: “Hum aise ISIS wali jaisi sangathane, hum unka bhi utna hi virodh karte hai jitna RSS ka karte hain (we also oppose these organisations like the ISIS as much as we oppose RSS).”
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs asked for an explanation on the statement he made .
“There is no comparison… If I would have said they are one, that is comparison,” said Azad, with all strength daring the party in power to move a privilege motion. “You can move privilege (motion),” he said.
Azad said,mentioning lines from his address: “Lihaza ye mazhab ki ladayi nahi hai. Hamare beech bhi, Islam me, duniya me koi galat kaam karta hai wo RSS se kam nahi hai. (This is not a religious fight, Among us, in Islam, in the world anyone who does something wrong is no less bad than RSS).”
Azad in order to confirm his clarification gave off a CD containing his speech before the Rajya Sabha.
Arun Jaitley then said Azad might have “slipped” this time in his comments. “I have always respected Azad. I think he must once think… knowingly or unkowingly he slipped this time,” Jaitley said as the leader of opposition finished his clarification.
“What is ISIS everyone knows in the whole world, the biggest threat to world peace it is ISIS… By comparing it, saying it is like any other organisation, knowingly or unknowingly you have given respect to ISIS you should have avoided it,” Jaitley said.
Azad’s comments have drawn criticism nationally.
The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh said this showed the “ideological bankruptcy of Congress”.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi to take the necessary responsible actions against Azad, along with a written apology against the statement made.