Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday made a personnel appearance at a Guwahati court over a criminal defamation case filed by a Hindutva organisation.
According to media report, an RSS volunteer Anjan Bora had last year filed a case against the Gandhi scion as Rahul had claimed that he was denied entry into the Barpeta Satra, a Vaishnava monastery in western Assam. Rahul had said women were made to sit at the entrance of the satra so that he would not be able to enter.
Rahu, who was in Assam last year was supposed to visit this 16th century Vaishnavite monastery on December 12, but instead he directly went ahead for his road show. Rahul, later, alleged that RSS workers had prevented him from entering the famous satra.
Addressing reporters outside the Guwahati court, Rahul said: “I am against RSS ideology and will fight those who want to divide the country. I won’t back down because of these cases.”
“File as many cases as you want, I am happy to fight,” the Congress vice-president said.
“All these cases are being filed against me because I am fighting for the poor, the rights of farmers, for unemployed youth who have aspirations but are being denied jobs because the government is working for 10-15 people,” he said.
“The idea is that I should not fight for them. But I will not be deterred and I will continue to fight,” he added.
Gandhi has also been facing another criminal defamation charge, that too, filed by the RSS, because of the speech, in which he stated that, “people belonging to the RSS had killed Gandhiji and now they speak about Gandhi”. He made the statement in Bhiwandi.
The case started in a court in Bhiwandi and then went to the Mumbai high court before finally coming to the Supreme Court. The petitioner had asked the Congress vice-president to read an apology which Rahul had refused.