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After Pranab Mukherjee, will Rahul Gandhi attend RSS event?

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Top headlines of the day: 28 January 2019
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi is expected to receive an invitation from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to speak at its event ‘Better Future India’ starting from September 17 to September 19 in Delhi. This has come amidst the controversy that erupted after Gandhi’s statement against RSS at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London on August 24.

Rahul Gandhi had targeted RSS during an interaction in London’s IISS and compared RSS to Muslim Brotherhood. He said that the Sangh fountainhead wants one ideology to run through every single institution and crush all other ideas just like the political Islamist group in Arabs. According to Rahul Gandhi, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh seeks to capture every institution in the country.

“We are fighting an organisation called the RSS, which is trying to change the nature of India. There is no other organisation in India that wants to capture India’s institutions. What we are dealing with is a completely new idea. It is similar to the idea that exists in the Arab world in the form of the Muslim Brotherhood. And the idea is that an ideology should run through every institution, one idea should crush all other ideas,” said Rahul Gandhi.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is yet to take a final decision on whether to invite Gandhi or not. Former President Pranab Mukherjee and industrialist Ratan Tata have also been invited by RSS in past to speak at their events. Mukherjee had attended the RSS function in Nagpur in June 2018, while Tata addressed an event organized by RSS in Mumbai on August 24.