Leave RSS if you respect Iron Man: Sibal to Modi
New Delhi: Questioning the commitment of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi towards Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, senior Congress leader and Union Minister Kapil Sibal said he should disassociate himself from RSS if he had any respect for the Iron Man.
"Sardar Patel was a secular leader. In fact after the death of Mahatma, he banned RSS on February 4, 1948 for anti-national activities. Modi who considers Sardar Patel as his mentor should then endorse the decision of the Iron Man to have banned the RSS," Sibal told PTI. Sibal said Modi should endorse the resolution banning the RSS which declared that forces of hate and violence were at work in the country and imperil freedom of the nation.
"These were the sentiments of Sardar Patel. Modi obviously is oblivious of historical facts, indulges in distortion," he said. BJP on various occasions has maintained that the decision to ban RSS in 1948 was taken due to pressure from Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Sibal also quoted a speech of Patel in which he said, "If you think you can go on constantly troubling loyal Muslims just because they happen to be Muslims, remember our freedom is not worthwhile."